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continue?9876543210 Review

By , on December 10, 2013
Last modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago


continue?9876543210
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3 out of 5

PROS

  • Excellent use of lighting effects and sound.
  • The hazy narrative and oblique messages leave you constantly asking questions.

CONS

  • Controls make movement and combat a headache.
  • You spend too much time wandering aimlessly, waiting for something to happen.

VERDICT

If you enjoy good-looking games with arty pretentions and twinkly soundtracks, you might be intigued by Continue?9876543210. However, the restrictive controls and garbled narrative will likely test your patience to breaking point.


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Sometimes we wonder whether some games are named just to make videogame reviewers sound a bit silly.

Continue?9876543210 is an iOS game about a videogame character who is living in digital purgatory, trying to cope the inevitability of his eventual deletion. Remember that cartoon series Reboot where the citizens of the computer town were sucked into videogames? And remember how if anyone was killed in a game, they disappeared to who knows where? Continue? might be the dark answer to that question.

As you work your way through the different worlds of Continue, you spend a lot of time feeling confused. This bewilderment is a running theme throughout the game.

When you talk to the scattered denizens of this world, they answer in curt, often confounding snippets of dialogue. You find yourself in strange battle-zones where you have to defend yourself against constant onslaught from so-called garbage collectors (which look like those wind up teeth you get from joke shops). When this happens, you're forced to decide whether to create shelter and save people from these monstrosities, or to clear the way forward and further your own personal quest.

The thing is, you often find yourself wandering around aimlessly, waiting for a battle event to trigger, or attempting to survive enough encounters to earn food. This food acts as currency, allowing you to pay other characters to open up new areas .

In terms of presentation and tone, Continue? is smart and coherent. The thing is, though, the narrative confusion ends up being more alienating than thematically interesting. Also, the awkward controls render combat a bit of a chore. The virtual d-pad is incredibly limited in range and responsiveness, and it makes the combat sections close to unplayable.

With more refined inputs, this unusual experiment might be easier to recommend. As it is, you'll have to have a great deal of patience to play Continue? without wanting to... well... stop.

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Comments

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jasonoda 8 months, 1 week ago

THE UPDATE IS HERE! NEW CONTROLS AVAILABLE NOW!

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jasonoda 8 months, 2 weeks ago

PLEASE NOTE! FROM THE DEVELOPER: Very nice review. Version 1.3 is coming some time around December 14 featuring several NEW CONTROL SCHEMES.

Also, as much as this review is very much so appreciated, there are a lot of things about it that are inaccurate and demonstrate that the reviewer may have not actually given the game more than quick glance (and definitely did not read the instructions). I invite you all to try v. 1.3 with new controls and visit continue9876543210.com for a proper run down of the details of the game. Thank you and enjoy!

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DarkScience 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Are you including IOS controller support for this game? That might secure it for me!! Great idea on the game though!

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lalol 8 months, 1 week ago

@jasonoda The whole game was made only but yourself? I´m impressed. I really like this kind of games.
I think this is an inaccurate review, too.
I share with you the review I found in a Blog: http://indiegem.blogspot.mx/2013/12/continue9876543210-review-when.html

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Chesco 8 months, 2 weeks ago

This looks amazing!

I hope the devs will update with better controls!