Oct 31, 2016
Office drones unite: Smile Inc. is here to free you.
This one has Roman Atwood all over it, and it shows. It’s zany, and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
From a visual standpoint, it’s a hoot. Fun depictions, loose-limbed characters and the occasionalsplatter animations. The default controls are by tilt, and special actions can be performed by tap.
Spoiler alert… this an endless runner. The playing area is interesting in and of itself; it’s a veritable bowl of surprises and whimsical depictions. It consists of a standout running path, and said path is strewn with office equipment and other objects. Not overly insane, huh?
Except that the objects — read “obstacles” — might give the player pause. Almost everything is on a scale to not only stop our office traipser, but also do serious damage.. as in gory, blood-spurting damage. So, our runner soon encounters things like a humongous pair of scissors that opens and closes ever so steadily. You don’t wanna get caught between the blades. Or, the giant, pulverizing stapler that is only too happy to mangle any thing that wanders into is jaws.
Was that a fence made out of sharpened pencils? Oh dear.
But the player also has to contend with other, uh, atypical enemies. Sharks? Check. Guillotines? Yep. Swinging blades. Lethal bouncing monster trucks. Heavy earth moving equipment. All accounted for.
One aspect that makes the game interesting is that because of the way its laid out, it might take a few runs to actually figure out just what is dangerous and what isn’t. At first, everything with a splash of color might make one apprehensive, and then one looks to collect the goodies that can help the player. There are gems, coffee, and there is a premium on knocking over co-workers. There are powerups and collectible hats.
it’s all about distance, and breaking one’s high score, but secondarily, there are missions, numerous characters to level up and gits to procure and open. Real cash can be used, but doesn’t feel that necessary.
What better way to spend a day — safely — at the office?
Don’t blame us.