Mar 6, 2015
Looking at Square Hasteâ€™s screenshots in the Play Store might make you wonder if it is indeed a game at all what with its blocky screenshots and complete lack of anything resembling graphics. More venerable gamers might think it an Atari 2600 emulator. The nostalgia is hard with this one.
As game concepts go Square Haste has about the simplest possible. Players control a square that moves along a simple retro styled course. The course is punctured with gate like ledges and running into these ends the game. Tapping the screen causes the square to mysteriously jump in the air and another tap sends it shooting forward, hopefully right through the gate. The trick is to time your jump and dash so that the square is at the right height to make it through each gate. As the player gets further without making a mistake the game gets faster and gates become narrower.
Square Haste is very basic indeed but it is strangely addictive, and the idea is unique. It also has that just-one-more-go extreme difficulty that games like Flappy Bird often have. A disappointment however is the lack of achievements. There are online leaderboards at least.
Square Haste has a few ads. These pop up now and then after games and there is also a banner ad on the game over screen. There are thankfully no ads during gameplay. A small fee removes these ads.
Visually, Square Haste is about as basic as a game can be. Flat, clean retro graphics abound with strong colors and basic shapes. The game even has an â€œattractâ€ mode where it cycles colors just like an old Atari 2600 game! Indeed anyone who has played 2600 games like Surround will likely feel nostalgic. Pumping 8 bit tunes accompany the stylish graphics and suit the game well.
Square Haste is a simple, fun game with a great retro style and some addictive gameplay. Itâ€™s worth a play and fans of older game consoles will likely get an extra kick out of it.