Feb 29, 2016
We’re all for fun and games, so bring on the adventure, the action, the plot. Boom… we’ll be there.
Such it is with Clumzee, a newish title from triple Hill Interactive that takes on bullying and more with a spunky smile.
It’s all about fur balls, and this one incorporates glommed out looks and high tension animations to get the gameplay across. The bright colors are very becoming, and one really gets to engage with the whimsical characters. It plays in portrait, relies mostly on taps for navigation and mostly comes together quite nicely.
Our lead character is Jimmy, a furball with an unfortunate penchant for clumsiness that give him the nickname that lends itself to the game’s title. Jimmy decides to embark on an adventure, and thankfully, has a pretty nice trick up his sleeve, in that he can extend flexible, appendages from himself; said appendages adhere to other surfaces, and can pull Jimmy’s main body onto the new surface. Such is the way this object moves upwards, from platform to (hopefully) higher platform, kind of like Spider-man with endless
As hinted at, our hero looks to travel upwards, collecting goodies on the way, but with a big enemy chasing him, and looking to make a meal out of him… literally. The core idea is to go upwards and onwards continually, looking to break one’s own distance record, with the enemy continually nipping at Jimmy’s heels. It creates a fun race within the race; the cliffs and protrusions that our hero uses to climb up are irregular, so getting to a higher ledge can e a challenge in and of itself. Additionally, our hero adheres to each surface only for a moment or two, so one can’t tarry too long, or the fur ball drops into the mouth of the chasing creature.
As one travels further, one encounters other obstacles… stuff like baddies with blades and crude artillery, and so on. It gets tougher the higher one goes, and ch more of a challenge, what with timing angles and speed of response becoming more important.
Beyond gold coins, one can pick up fireflies. While the latter is great for opening up new worlds with a new feel, the latter heels one tweak the lead character. Other enhancements can be made with real cash.
It is surprisingly fun and dangerously engaging. It works by tying in its elements cleanly, and is a mostly self-contained experience.