Stagehand: A Reverse Platformer
By Big Bucket Software
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"Yawn, a platformer." Oh yeah? Take that yawn back. Stagehand might look like your typical run-and-jumper, but it plays nothing like one. In Stagehand, you don't control the character, you control… THE STAGE.
Your job is to quickly and strategically position all the platforms on the level before our hero Frank (last seen in The Incident) runs headfirst into a cliff, or feet-first into lava. Stagehand is fast, hilarious, and fun. You're going to have a fantastic time with it.
What's in the box:
• Next-gen pixel graphics.
• 4 unique characters.
• Another earworm of a soundtrack.
• Haptic feedback for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
• Instant respawn for endless score-chasing.
• Share an animated GIF of Frank's final moments!
• The offical Stagehand-iMessage-Sticker-Pack is included with every copy.
Stagehand is everyone's favorite new flavor of the summer. Grab a spoon and dig in!
An enjoyable game with somewhat awkward controls
Overall this a pretty fun game with some of the usual downsides of touch-based games.
The game can feel a bit repetitive, but this is alleviated somewhat by the randomly generated levels. And it looks like once you reach a certain score, you begin to unlock some other characters.
The controls are a bit awkward. I never feel like I'm in great control of what's going on. I don't think this is fully the fault of the game. Part of it is just the reality of playing a game on a touch screen. This game can become pretty fast paced and require some quick and precise inputs to get past certain parts, and our dumb imprecise fingers on a relatively small screen can make this a challenge - and not a fun one. I've found my right pointer finger to be easiest to use, and of course then I'm covering the right half of the screen with my hand as I play, limiting how far ahead I can see the terrain that's coming. Again, just a reality of touchscreen games.
I would say the game has at least one problem of occasionally throwing walls at you that seemingly go down too far for you to get under, leading to an instant game over. The game is tough enough without that, so running into them can be pretty discouraging. It isn't clear if this is a bug, or if you actually can pull the ground down far enough, but the small lip of my phone case prevents me from micro-managing the very edge of my phone screen. Hopefully the controls and levels are tweaked in future updates to prevent things like this.
It seems like there is just one mode. Very frustrating because it's hard to get the hang of it. I'm really sorry I spent the money. Please make a slow mode!
When an unstoppable object meets movable platforms
Just when you thought it all had been done before, these geniuses make a challenging platformer that flips the whole concept on its head. In this game you play a god-like entity with the power to move mountains, tormenting a Sisyphean character who has no choice but to pursue the human rat race that we all know so well. Stagehand raises philosophical questions about free will and the notion of "self" that cannot be summarized in this brief review but certainly make you question the nature of reality itself. Great music too.
- Category: Games
- Released: Feb 08, 2017
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 35.2 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Seller: Matthew Comi
- © 2017 Big Bucket
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.