Monday, October 7, 2013

No Money, No Problem: Hyper Gauntlet

Title: Hyper Gauntlet
Developer: Udell Games
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Browser
When immersed in a racing game, it's not uncommon to find yourself leaning your body in anticipation of a sharp turn or moving the controller as if it were a steering wheel. These games become almost a full body experience. Hyper Gauntlet shares that same appeal, with a sense of speed that will have you ducking and letting out a sigh of relief after every close call and near miss.
The objective is simple: a 3x3 grid of squares rocket towards you (or are you racing towards them) down a endless corridor, aligning yourself with each grid's empty spaces allow you to pass through safely. You can get hit three times until it's game over. Pressing the space bar offers a second of slow motion and power ups grant you abilities such as periods of autopilot, invulnerability and longer slow motion. By itself, the game would be a challenge but the presentation takes the gameplay to another level. You only have mere moments to study the incoming grid and orient yourself and when it passes by, the screen shakes like you dodged a freight train by inches and it's insanely intense. The onslaught of grids come at you so fast in later levels that even that precious second of slow motion feels like such a calming respite.
If you're even remotely a fan of games like Super Hexagon and Pivvot, let Hyper Gauntlet put your reflexes to the test. You can download the game or play it in your browser here. (Requires Unity)

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