I first saw Chillingo’s latest title, This Could Hurt, at GDC earlier this year, and back then I didn’t really get into it. It’s a one-button title that I thought looked a little too simple. But after giving it a longer try post-release, there’s actually a lot of surprising depth here. Yes, there’s only one control (touch on the screen to make your character stand still), but developers Orange Agenda do an impressive job of wringing a whole lot of gameplay out of just that one mechanic.
As your character runs along, he’ll come across lots of strange contraptions designed to hurt him, and the goal of the game is to time your stopping just right so that he isn’t harmed by whatever dangers await him. There are powerups in the game, but they mostly just involve moving slower or faster, so really, the game is just a list of ways to test your timing skills. And that list is surprisingly long. There are forty levels in the game, and each one of them puts a new spin on ways to try and avoid getting hurt.
This Could Hurt does a whole lot with very little, and on the App Store, that’s always impressive. It’s available for 99 cents right now.
Daily iPhone App: This Could Hurt dodges danger with ease originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 14 May 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.