Review – Cute Things Dying Violently

Cute Things Dying Violently is half right. The critters are not particularly cute, but my word they die violently.

The game is essentially an action game, though many levels also have puzzle aspects to them too.

That there target is you. You can move left and right and flick critters around. This is done by pulling the right analogue stick back in the direction you want to fire, and then releasing it to flick the critter. The goal is to flick as many of them into the elevator as possible, thus rescuing them, and killing as few of them as possible, thus not being so cruel.

Of course, it’s fun to be cruel sometimes.

Usually it’s not simple to get the critters to the elevator. Buttons will need to be pressed to open the doors, or other obstacles such as springs and fans and sawblades and bubble blowing machines and fire and plenty of other things are their to help or hinder your progress. Sawblades being quite a major hindrance.

The most simple, basic thing you’ll come up against is shown in the above screenshot. To get to the yellow button a critter must be aimed towards the blue blocks and bounced through the gap between the sawblades.  It’s also the perfect example of why the game doesn’t work as well as it should. If you miss the shot with the first critter, there’s no way to make an adjustment to the shot to ensure success next time. There’s no on-screen indication as to the shot you just made. All you can do is start the shot again from scratch which means that you’ll just repeat the same mistakes much of the time. Most of the game, then, is spent in a constant state of trial and error as you fling critters around in educated guesses and just hope for the best because there’s not much else you can do.

This doesn’t prove to be much of an issue in the early levels, but as things progress in difficulty the game far too often strays from fun into frustrating before it eventually just camps there completely and sticks two fingers up at fun.

Through the early levels the game charms the player with its great sense of humour but that’s not enough when the second half of the game just doesn’t offer anything to the player at all.

Cute Things Dying Violently is available now for 80 Microsoft Points.

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