- So simple yet devious.
- Relaxing music.
- Once you get going, it becomes a zen game.
- Would have liked to see more done with such a novel concept.
The name encapsulates the gameplay of this high score zen puzzler beautifully.
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It's very rarely the name of a game captures the entire spirit of the experience, but every now and then things work out that way. A catch 22 for those not in the know is kind of a 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation, where taking one course of action might have dire consequences, but then the other option really doesn't put you in that much better a position. Interesting that such a nerve wracking scenario translates to what can be described as a zen gaming experience.
You control two marbles rotating around a circle in opposite directions. You start off controlling one, and by tapping the screen you jump over the other (to avoid smashing into a million pieces). Jumping also collects the coins. You may notice that the marbles leave streams behind them, and this comes into play rather quickly as once you collect the last coin, the game slows down briefly as you inhabit the other marble, and suddenly all the jump streams left by your escapades form the new path of your now opponent. Each switch increases the score multiplier, and it takes more and more coins to switch back, causing you to think each decision to jump or duck.
Once the initial bout of confusion ends, the game can quickly turn into a relaxing form of mediation, as time slows, and you anticipate each jump needed to advance. The music definitely aids reaching this plateau. While achieving this can be a great feeling, it falls into critique as the game can become too easy when you enter this stream of consciousness, and seeing that the difficulty doesn't necessarily increase so much as the time between switching marbles, it can get to a stage where the whole experience feels kind of tiresome.
This is only if you reach that zen state however, and really the game is so simple and elegant that it's hard not to recommend regardless of how skilled you become at it. This is a time waster done right and ironically, definitely worth the time you will certainly give it.
DescriptionCatch-22, is a very simple and unique ONE-BUTTON game in which YOU play against YOURSELF! Evade your own past as long as you can and compete against your friends!
" I LOVE LITTLE GAMES LIKE THIS! " (Mark Serrels, - Kotaku- )
" Aracade iOS gaming AT IT'S VERY BEST" (PocketGamer)
" JUST ONE MORE TRY..." (Andy Nicolaides, - AppAdvice - )
" IT'S GENIUS! " (Scott Emslie, - RobotGeek - )
" IT MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TITLES we've seen in a while" (Brad Hilderbrand, - Gamezebo - )
*** Universal App: Buy it once and play it on ALL your iOS devices in full resolution! ***
____ HONORABLE AWARDS ____
*** PAX10 Nominee 2012, PAX Prime 2012 ***
*** IndieCade Official Selection 2012 ***
*** WINNER Global Game Jam, The Netherlands 2012 ***
Catch-22 is a very relaxing and frustrating one-button arcade game in which you play against yourself endlessly. You control one of two orbs that go around a Zen-like planet in a beautiful, colorful world with a relaxing and soothing soundtrack to go with it.
By jumping you gather pick-ups needed to score points and evade the other you (YOUR GHOST), who is going in the opposite direction.
When you collect all the pick-ups you’ll switch to the other orb, leaving your previous self to become your ghost and redo all the jumps you did. It’s up to you to avoid your own past jumps with more jumps!
Evade yourself as long as you can, get the highest high-score and compare your skill with players & friends, all over the world!
??? SOUNDS A BIT CONFUSING ???
No worries! If you want to take yourself for a spin before considering buying it, you can try it out for FREE on our FACEBOOK page: /catch22game
What's New in Version 1.01- Performance improvements
- Game Center score bug is now fixed! (Sorry for that!)
- Better visual feedback blue player's trail