Death Squared
◉ ◉ ◉ ○ ○(3/5: decent)
Playstation 4
SMG Studio (2017)
A solid puzzle game that annoys you just about enough.

I played this game solo over a couple days after I forgot that I downloaded it as a batch of couch co-op options to try out. Basically, I tried the first puzzle and just kept going. I found the puzzles just annoying enough to provide a modicum of elation when I finally tried enough things to figure out a level. My partner wasn't a fan of the MST3K-like story line with the Paul Scheer/Nick Kroll sound-alike voice actor, but I thought it was fine. The music did get a bit repetitive, as did some of the levels, but not enough to send my puzzle-failing frustrations over the edge.

The mechanics and game play were nothing spectacular, but just varied enough to last the 100 levels, particularly during the four-block party levels. I only cheated on those last couple party levels after trying for a bit... Maybe if I knew three other people, couch co-op would be a blast with this game, but I do worry about my casual gaming friends, as sometimes I died just because I didn't quite keep the block on the path. Or, when I forgot which stick was which block. Or, just when I was discovering how lasers work. Or, when I misjudged an angle or distance and blew up another "AI" block... Look, I died 700+ times by the end of the game, okay?

Still, it was a fine few days of puzzles and explosions.

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Last updated: 08/14/2023
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