The Impossible Game Review

The Impossible Game Review

Mar 30, 2011

When it comes to entertainment, finding a good title can be difficult. Part of the failure of the show “Terriers” can be attributed to the fact that the title conveyed nothing about the show itself through its title alone, and fans of the show often had to add the qualifier “It’s not about dogs” when talking about it. The Impossible Game will not suffer from this problem, as its title perfectly conveys what this game is about – it is very difficult. The Impossible Game is a platformer that has you traveling constantly forward and onward, trying to make it through the level without dying. This is far easier said than done, as you’re traveling at a high speed, and you can only tap on the screen to jump quickly, or hold down to jump rapidly in succession – and you will often have to alternate between the two techniques. If you die, then you have to start all the way over from the beginning. Thankfully, to help you out, you can lay down flags to enter Practice Mode, where you can respawn from where your flag was laid down.

And can I just say how grateful I am for Practice Mode? Without it, advancing through the game would be a virtual, if not literal, impossibility, as the game often demands near-perfect reflexes, and without the ability to see the later parts of the level consistently, I don’t think anyone could reasonably expect to beat this one. I still haven’t beaten the first level all the way through – I’m only human, after all – but I have beaten it after a few hundred deaths thanks to Practice Mode. And thankfully, the game’s other level (from the Xbox 360 Indie Games version) can be unlocked by beating the first level in Practice Mode. If you somehow need more of a challenge, there’s an expansion pack with 2 brand new levels available in the Android Market for $0.99. And after you play this one, you might want to do it – there’s something oddly compelling about the challenge, it’s something that you’ll want to conquer, and keep attacking until you finally succeed.

If you don’t have any patience for difficult games, then stay far, far away from The Impossible Game. And part of the difficulty of the non-Practice Mode comes solely from the fact that you’re forced to start over from the beginning each time, instead of having any checkpoints to resume from. So the difficulty feels somewhat artificial in that way. You have to be careful (well, as careful as one can be with a $0.99 game) about your interest in this one – it is about as impossible as the title indicates it to be.

The Impossible Game is extremely challenging, but still fun in part because of this difficulty – and it almost winds up being like a rhythm game in the way that it requires you to play it perfectly, and in the reactions it demands. If you want something that will challenge you, and make you want to throw your phone against the wall, then definitely check out The Impossible Game.

The Impossible Game Review Rundown

8
Graphics & Sound - Very simple in design, but the sound when not in Practice Mode is perfectly timed to the gameplay, giving it a rhythm game feel.
9
Controls - Simple, responsive controls, both requiring you to just tap or hold on the screen. Of course, given the game's demands for fast reflexes, having actual button controls would help a bit.
8.5
Gameplay - It's not easy, and some of the challenge is artificial due to the way it's set up, but it's a fun little challenging platform game.
8
Replay Value - You get 2 levels for less than a dollar, and I suppose if you were committed to trying to beat the levels without dying, you could play it forever...but you'll probably give up before then.
8.5
Overall - It's like the title dares you to try and conquer it. Good luck.

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Carter Dotson
Carter Dotson, editor of Android Rundown, has been covering Android since late 2010, and the mobile industry as a whole since 2009. Originally from Texas, he has recently moved to Chicago. He loves both iOS and Android for what they are - we can all get along!
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