This Could Hurt Review
- Just you and your wits; tap to pause, but each split-second counts.
- Ingenious level design; makes use of its perspective and layout to create mind-twisting challenges.
- Instant-death for falling may be realistic, but a real pain if it's your only mistake after several minutes of dodging perfectly; checkpoints or recovery with health penalty would help.
- Grinding to earn power-ups walks the line of challenge vs. pay-to-win; an easy jagged pill to swallow as there's harder content to unlock too.
This Could Hurt features the perfect mix of skill and puzzle elements, allowing players to master the gameplay almost immediately, while still creating intense and mind-twisting challenges.
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As an Oakguard, you're charged with protecting the Great Oak - a mystical plant that ensures your village remains prosperous. As such there are rules to follow and trials to complete: Stay off the grass and timing your run to avoid spinning blades and any other number of traps means This Could Hurt, but you're fairly rewarded for your efforts.
Part time-trial, part puzzle, part platformer - This Could Hurt by Orange Agenda and Chillingo may only require a single finger to control, but completing its maze-like levels is far from an easy task.
You're locked in to an isometric view of a Minecraft-esque world where the path you unwaveringly travel upon is laden with traps designed to maim you. At first the machinations are justified as a sort of trial befitting of your duties, but soon you'll face the same traps (albeit in far more complex configurations) being used to protect the people and destinations you must visit.
Of course there are rewards for performing special tasks such as completing the level without taking damage; completing it as fast as possible; and earning enough points, often requiring death-defying alternate routes to achieve.
In order to survive and earn these rewards you can spend the points you've collected on power-ups found throughout your journey, side-stepping various traps in the process. The unfortunate downside to this is the need to grind at times to earn the power-ups you require, though this is entirely optional as they're not required for basic completions.
While some levels could most-certainly do with a check-point system to deal with late-level deaths, This Could Hurt is an otherwise gorgeous and elegant title perfectly suited to the platform. Whether you're hardcore or casual, there's something in This Could Hurt for you.
DescriptionAPP OF THE DAY — Eurogamer
"Would it hurt to take this game for a spin? Definitely not." — AppAdvice
"This Could Hurt looks absolutely stunning on any device you play it on" — TouchArcade
"This Could Hurt is a clever and intriguing adventure, with a smooth difficulty curve and a charming style that's hard not to be captivated by." — PocketGamer, 8/10
"This is one of the better puzzle games that’s been realized on iOS in a while." — 148Apps, 4.5/5
"This Could Hurt does a whole lot with very little, and on the App Store, that's always impressive." — TUAW
"This Could Hurt features the perfect mix of skill and puzzle elements" — AppSpy, 5/5
"Chillingo have hit it out of the park yet again..." — GodisaGeek
"If you are looking for a puzzle game that is both challenging and fun, check out This Could Hurt." — TouchGen, 4/5
"This Could Hurt is a very simple and fun platformer that can be enjoyed by almost anyone." — App-Score
"With one-touch control and quick levels, This Could Hurt is perfectly suited for the iOS platform." — Big Red Barrel
You are an Oakguard apprentice. One day you will be a fully fledged Oakguard, charged with protecting the Great Oak—the tree that gives life and power to your Village. But first you must pass the Path of Pain.
Avoid spinning blades, pitfalls, giant mallets and more in this unique adventure. Control your character with one-touch controls, choosing the perfect time to stop or go.
• WHAT AN ADVENTURE
This Could Hurt features four worlds, each with ten challenging levels. Environments change as the game progresses, careful you don't slip ion the Ice World, or burn up in the Lava World.
• A-MAZE-ING VISUALS
Each level is a beautifully presented 3D maze filled with death-traps that you must climb, run, jump and occasionally fly through to get to the end!
• YOU HAVE THE POWER
Collect the golden Acorns hidden throughout the world to unlock a variety of power-ups from Shields to Health refills to Speed boosts. You'll need them to unlock every achievement.
For more information or support, please visit www.chillingo.com
What's New in Version 1.1• Retina support for new iPad
• Level balancing tweaks
• Minor bug fixes