Help! I’m Haunted iOS review
The word ‘Retro’ is one of those hazy terms which can be interpreted in so many ways. So many games have so many different styles, all put together in a ‘catch all’ positively optimistic memory, that doesn’t really serve the purpose that it is designed for.
Because when you see Help! I’m Hunted you are going to think about a number of things very quickly. The first word that is going to pop into your head is almost certainly is Retro. From there you are going to run away to super tuff, Metroidvania, and simple controls.
And you are going to be running in completely the wrong direction. That is because Help! I’m Hunted showcases a completely different style of old-school platforming. One with a more methodical rhythm and a focus on considered movement, rather than twitchy dashing.
Help! I’m Haunted
You take control of a ‘ghostbuster’ of sorts. You are called in when a character is in trouble, and you are aiming to make it through a series of traps, obstacles, and terrifyingly adorable ghosts.
A couple of buttons on the left screen lets you move around, and there is a jump button on the right. There is also a four-way shooting switch. If it is sat in the middle you are not shooting. But slide it up, left, or right and you will start blasting away in that direction.
It is a really interesting way of playing, and it turns every little battle into a short burst of tactics and dodging. It is this that gives Help! I’m Hunted its considered and deliberate pace. Which each scrap feeling like a little duel between you and a spook.
These are no one-hit-wonders though, and taking them out with your spook destroying laser gun is often quite a lot trickier than you might think.
Enemies in Help! I’m Hunted are placed where they can do the most damage and offer up only the smallest chance that you can take them out before you can fire. Every little victory feels hard-won, and then you are back to the world map to find another who is being harassed by ghosts.
You can buy and upgrade new weapons in Help! I’m Hunted as well. Ensuring you are always one step ahead of the ghosts you are so focused on eliminating.
There is an exquisite balance here, and even when you fail you are going to feel like you have learned something that is going to help out in the next challenge. You will push on as well, just to see the new idea or specter that Help! I’m Hunted is going to offer up.
Help! I’m Hunted is a timely reminder that speed and reactions weren’t always the defining concepts of older platformers. There is a rich variety of different kinds of play that are yet to be mined by developers. And it is great to see something happen in that direction.
This is a sort of platformer that makes you think about every step, and while it doesn’t quite manage to make you second guess yourself like the very best games do, Help! I’m Hunted is still an engaging and entertaining experience that you should definitely check out.
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