- Unique puzzle platformer.
- Clever twists on gaming conventions.
- Subtle and pervasive dark humor.
- Unlockable micro-game mode for replayability.
- Control bugs; slipping up and off movement buttons 'locks' it in place.
- Storyline snippets not fully explored.
Karoshi isn't your typical puzzle platformer and attempting to kill yourself is harder than it sounds; a great pickup for those who don't mind a bit of dark humor.
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The concept of Karoshi (karoo-shi) is not generally considered a very amusing one as it quite literally means to work yourself to death, however in the world of video games we often work hard to avoid dying in order to win. Developer Jesse Venbrux has an obsession with changing this dynamic and iOS gamers may already be familiar with his work on They Need To Be Fed, but when it comes to self-annihilation the Karoshi series is where the theme truly shines.
For those who haven't played the original freeware titles, your character's job is to kill himself. No really, that's his job. However the puzzle-based theme quickly takes a turn for the abstract as players need to exploit gaming specific concepts and counter-intuitive ideas to progress through the game. It's a half-half mix of logic and experimentation that just manages to shy away from being annoying as you finally work out how to succeed.
The puzzle elements range from fairly standard block and switch type platforming to abstract concepts requiring you to control multiple characters while considering options such as purposefully 'trapping' yourself to succeed. At times it can feel like you're playing a multistage version of Syobon Action (Google it), but players are rewarded with a sense of success that's tinged with manic glee as you revel in managing to kill off your player.
Where earlier games in the Karoshi series bordered on immature, this release by YoYo Games shows a level of maturity in its concept that's deeply satisfying to overcome. Thankfully the fun doesn't stop at level 50 and players can throw themselves in to a mini-game series that's just as insanely challenging as the puzzling main game.
Karoshi isn't for everyone, but once you're in it's a hard game to put down and wiping the smile off your face might be as difficult as the game itself.
DescriptionOne of the most popular games on PC now comes exclusively to iPhone and iPad! Karoshi has been played by millions on the PC to date to high acclaim.
•Karoshi 2.0 was “internet game of the month” in EDGE magazine
•Karoshi Suicide Salaryman was in WIRED.com’s top 5 PC Games of 2008
•“Some of the most LOL-worth and mind-bending puzzles I have ever seen” TIGsource on Karoshi 2.0
We've been taught we need to survive. We need to reach the end, save the princess and be the hero. That's all well and good, but it's getting boring. Who says it has to be this way?
Mr Karoshi is an overworked Japanese salaryman who’s had enough and his only goal is to end it all. You control him to work through the fast logic puzzles trying to find hilarious ways to his demise in this highly original, puzzle, platformer with a twist.
It’s not as easy as it sounds!! You need to think cleverly and sometimes ‘outside the box’ to find a solution. Forget everything you know so far!
* 50 levels
* Dark Humor
* Collect all the coins
* Karoshi ware mini game
* From the maker of ‘They Need To Be Fed’
* Catchy soundtrack by Jake Almond
This highly popular, hit, cult game is now available for the first time on iTunes.
*Disclaimer – must have a highly developed sense of humor to appreciate to the fullest :)