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Miseria Review

By , on August 14, 2013
Last modified 1 year, 1 month ago


Miseria
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Visuals are smart.
  • Music is impressive.
  • Spider is creepy.

CONS

  • Control system is jerky, making precise movements a headache.

VERDICT

A good-looking physics puzzler with a decent soundtrack and a creepy antagonist. Shame about the controls, though.


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Would you believe us if we told you that Miseria, a creepy, black and white anrachnid-infested puzzler, is a love story? You see, not only is the hideous spider beast that inhabits the lower screen threatening your small furry life, but it's also made off with your missus.

To get her back, you must tap the sides of the screen to rotate the world, and use gravity to reach the swirling spiral of freedom. Along the way you must avoid toppling out of the maze and into the maw of the screeching beast below. To make matters worse, each maze is littered with traps and enemies.

Navigating these obstacles requires accuracy and finesse - something which the controls never quite provide. A single tap will rotate the screen a set number of degrees. Tapping and holding... does the same thing. There is no way to achieve a smooth rotation. Instead, you have to keep tapping away to shunt the maze around the screen.

This makes guiding your circular protagonist through Miseria's mazes an oddly jerky and unsophisticated endeavour. You'll often find yourself in a tight spot, wishing you had 1:1 control of the rotation. In fact, the abscence of an alternative control scheme - whether touch or tilt - is mystifying. Add to this a time mechanic which demands you requires to blow up white creature to avoid being incinerated yourself, and you have an experience that teeters between tense and frustrating.

The handsome Limbo-esque visuals, bombastic score, and creepy-ass spider do a pretty good job of holding your attention during the game's trickier moments. However, presentation alone is not enough to compensate for the control issues and difficulty spikes. It ain't awful, and some of the mazes offer an entertaining challenge. But if the shreiking spider doesn't put you off, the controls just might.

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