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A Skeleton Story...The Game Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on August 25, 2010


A Skeleton Story...The Game
  • Publisher: KF Lab
  • Genre: Action
  • Released: 23 Aug, 2010
  • Size: 31.3 MB
  • Price: $0.99
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Rating

PROS

  • Stylish visuals.
  • Unique platforming gameplay.
  • Upgrades and powerups for a bit of variety.

CONS

  • Gameplay elements don't mesh well.
  • Delayed firing and obscured visuals add unnecessary difficulty.

VERDICT

A Skeleton Story... The Game is an interesting mix of elements that can be fun for a while, but the quickly scaling difficulty and clunky controls will eventually put an end to that enjoyment.


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'A Skeleton Story... The Game' by KF Lab has launched its way on to the App Store and I can't help but feel I'm a little out of the loop. While I know this is a title based on a comic book, I wasn't able to get a hold on any of the work prior to playing this Canabalt-style runner and it seems as though I should have known more before going in.

I say 'Canabalt-style', but this isn't strictly true; think of the game as more of a platformer where you're forced to constantly run by the need to stay in range of your pet cat. The game uses a virtual d-pad to move left, right and duck (though ducking rarely seems useful) and players can shoot or jump using two buttons on the other side. There's a bit of a delay with the shooting, which makes it hard to react in time when fending off your enemies, but this becomes less of an issue when you realize your thumb covers most of the area where the game indicates upcoming enemies, making it almost impossible to get shots off before jumping straight in to them.

The one shining beacon in all of this mess is the visual style, which I can only assume is taken directly from the comic's artist. The game looks simply amazing and the opening animation really got me fired up to try this title, alas, to no payoff.

Sadly a visual style can't hold up the titles messy gameplay and unless you're a die-hard arcade fan this title can be avoided for now.

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