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Abyss did something to my dad I have never seen before. It made his whole head red. I think I saw steam coming out of his ears. He was that angry and frustrated. So I arrogantly told him I would play Abyss. I would breeze through the twelve levels.

Want to know something? I failed. I was wrong. I could not even make it through the first level (neither could he). Now something is wrong with a game if you can not make it through the first level. I don't mind the lack of a tutorial or any direction on how to play. What I mind is the game being so difficult that it becomes unplayable.

It seems my one eyed octopus like creature in Abyss is magnetically attracted to the walls. If you hit one wall, and then a second wall within a few seconds you die. Then you start the level from the beginning. It is really easy to do worse in Abyss. This is what can lead to major frustration.

Abyss has a wonderful look to it on the Wii U. It also has great music. Families will find the only possible problem is running into walls - at a variety of different speeds. Although it is difficult to go slow in Abyss. I tried, and so did my father. It is like there is an invisible current in this home console downloadable game.

I wanted to like Abyss so much. My dad wanted to like Abyss so much. The controls are not just difficult to adapt to. There are nearly impossible to use. I hit wall after wall. The game let me try again. The result was the same - just somewhere else in the level. Why couldn't we just use the joystick to move our creature through the levels?
- Kid Gamer


Graphics: 70%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 20%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: EnjoyUp Games
Developer: EnjoyUp Games
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone
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