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Squirmee REDUX Review

By Dave Flodine, on August 16, 2011


Squirmee REDUX
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PROS

  • Original puzzle mechanic.
  • The skip level button is welcome.
  • Clever level design.

CONS

  • Uncompromising difficulty.

VERDICT

Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree is a game for those who enjoy a fast paced, challenging experience. The difficulty of this title is not for everyone however.


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Squirmee is enjoying time with his sister, when out of nowhere, a gigantic tree shoots out of the ground and traps her on its highest branch. This is the story of Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree, and sets the stage for a fast paced, original puzzle game, with plenty of frustration to spare.

Each level has Squirmee traveling along a predetermined path on a platform. The goal is to reach the end as quickly as possible, with the three stars available each level tied to the time of completion. Impeding your progress are saw blades, cannons, large spiked blocks, and even little critters. This race to the finish is based around what colors your platform and all the obstacles happen to be, as each color reacts differently to the ability to freeze time by touching the screen. Everything gray will freeze when time is stopped, while green objects aren't affected. Red objects can be stopped and reversed in time by dragging down on the screen, purple objects only move when time is stopped, and yellow objects behave the opposite of red. The difficulty of each level stems from which objects are which color and how you can take advantage of the combinations to keep Squirmee alive.

Squirmee is a cute little blob whose scrunching face when halting time is amusing, and the colors and obstacles are bright enough to always know what's going on. The music has a cartoony feel, but that of a conveyor belt, always rushing along with a sense of urgency. There are seventy-five levels to get through, complete with boss fights, and as a welcome addition, any level that is giving you trouble can be skipped and returned to later.

Where Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree suffers is in the sense of timing needed to get through its obstacles. The game moves at a fast pace, and often it is hard to react or to find a safe place to freeze time and work things out. Even when a solution is evident, the timing needed to pass allows for little to no leeway, making that skip level button look all the more desirable as you die for the twentieth time. There are those who will enjoy the uncompromising nature of this title, but others may wish to be cautious with their purchase.

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