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    Published: 2014-03-07, by .

    Addictive, endless, minimalist jumping platformer

    7
    • Extremely difficult
    • Extremely addictive
    • No birds in sight
    • Two modes to play
    • Lures you into a compulsive behavioral feedback loop - but I bet you'll like that
    • Squares, squares everywhere

    "Eat my minimalist shorts, Flabby Bird"

    Somewhere deep in the bowels of Vietnam, Flappy Bird lies awake at night wishing it were slicker, sleeker. If only it could shed its flappiness, its birdocity, and morph into something more legit and just as addictive. Birdbrain, meet XperimentalZ Games Inc.'s Platforms, an incredibly difficult minimalist platformer that inspires just the same instantaneous compulsive behavior loop, plucked of all the feathers.

    Control the leaps and bounds of an ever-progressing blue square. Don't fall off the black platforms (also squares), don't touch the red enemies (squares, also), and feel free to collect the yellow coins (these are represented by squares). Your score goes up for every second you stay alive, which won't be too long your first few (several) (hundred) run-throughs - the game is deliriously difficult, requiring extreme precision and razor-sharp reactions. In the repeated failure, you'll find masochistic addiction on the level of some schedule 2 drugs, also known as "gaming zen."

    I'm actually serious; devs revving up the difficulty in m-gaming seem to be tapping into some kind of psychological mechanism that compels us to play, slack-jawed, again and again. It appeals to our sense of risk and reward in a way that more complex games don't; it's a new strategy for success (one that's led to 50 bajillion Flappy-Whatevers in the app stores).

    Play Platforms in either Endless or Dailies mode. In the former you'll face a randomized amalgamation of friendly and evil bricks (what are we kidding, they're all evil); the latter offers 3 new "fixed" levels to beat each day.

    Go on, give XperimentalZ Games Inc.'s Platforms a whirl. It'll quickly evolve into many, many squaredeaths. It's a casual, supremely difficult game for those who crave the compulsion of Crappy Turd combined with the indie cred of Pretentious Game. It's a fun timekiller, and maybe I'm reading too much into the human condition based on a few pixels. I'm done here.

    Janel Appszoom logo

    by Janel , Appszoom

    Mar 07, 2014

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    Matthew Arnold

    by Matthew Arnold

    Jun 13, 2016  |  "Poor"

    Won't open, just crashes . EDIT .. STILL BROKEN !!!!