Karoshi [rating: 5/5]
Karoshi for iPhone is a puzzle game unlike any other puzzle game I have ever seen. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect until I loaded up the game and saw “forget everything you know about video games…” This was a very bold statement by a game but it is easily surpassed by this amazingly addictive puzzle game. It is a game that is based on a widely popular PC game that I played on Kongregate. This game gives you the rare opportunity to find ways to kill your character. Yes, you read correctly. This game defies all games you have played to date and asks you to find creative ways to put Mr. Karoshi out of his misery.
The game that asks you to use the environment to end the poor business man’s dreadful existence. Karoshi brings a story mode that is awesomely addictive and creative. This game never ceased to amaze me with its never ending dark sense of humor and creative environment. The game begins with simple maps and fairly straight forward approach of ending Mr. Karoshi that gives way to fairly difficult methods of taking care of business. Just as I began thinking that I was going to be able to fly through all 50 levels in a short time I’d hit a level that would throw yet another curveball at me. I rather enjoyed the challenge and I couldn’t help but feel a certain sense of accomplishment when I was able to think “outside the box” and come up with the best path to success.
Level design was not overly complex to figure out but was fiendishly clever in providing new methods for Mr. Karoshi to meet his maker. You use a variety of objects, methods and even people to help put an end to Karoshi’s misery. A thing that I didn’t pay attention to at first but should have was the coins. BE SURE TO GRAB THE COINS! Sorry for the caps but if once you gather 10 coins you gain access to the second game mode, Karoshi Ware. This game mode was even more addictive than the first mode for me. In this game the creator throws you yet another curveball by giving you a few commands you don’t see in the story mode. I don’t want to put a spoiler in here so I will just say that you will be surprised and your natural reaction will probably have to be retrained. With that being said, this game mode lets you compete for a high score against your other high scores. You gain points by passing levels and grabbing coins but let me tell you, this is no easy task. Though this game mode does lack the opportunity to compare your scores online, I still love it and can easily overlook that. The fact that you can tell your friends what level or score you reached is enough when the game play is as solid as this game. I was very impressed with this puzzle game and am looking forward to trying to improve my score.
The video and audio concepts of this game are fairly simple but play well with this type of game. They are not so over the top that they draw attention away from the game and are not underwhelming. They are a nice happy above-average which is awesome when you consider the quality of gameplay. The creative environment offers ample opportunity for plenty of sounds to make their way into the game and improve an already stellar game. This game achieves everything it set out to achieve and more and I can’t say enough about it.
Karoshi is awesome in my opinion if you couldn’t already tell. I believe it is worth every penny you pay for it and even a shout out via review in the app store to Mr. Jesse Venbrux for creating such an awesome game. His twisted sense of dark humor and ability to create such a fun game is truly admired on my part. Touch Mr. Venbrux. Great game!
- Gameplay is creative and has a twist
- Challenging yet not frustrating
- Great game modes
- Wish I didn’t play through it so fast
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Updated: Feb 16, 2011
Current Version: 1.0.1
Size: 23.1 MB
Seller: YoYo Games Ltd
© 2010 YoYo Games Ltd.
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later