Squid Yes! Not So Octopus!
It’s an octopus! No, it’s a squid! Actually, it’s a seizure waiting to happen. Standing around gazing at the screen full of sparkly colors in this retro arena shooter for more than a millisecond is the fastest way to an instant dirt nap. As a laser spray-emitting squid creature, flitting around a closed arena blasting various robot beasts that constantly phase in from nonexistence is your only means of survival.
Ultimately, even your best efforts are futile. According to the developer, the objective of SY!NSO! is to stay alive for eight minutes. Fat chance. Even amped-up on plenty of caffeine to match the frenetic, hyper-twitchy shooter gameplay, our most fervent attempts to stay alive lasted about 10 to 20 seconds.
Syoban Action (Cat Mario)
Modeled after the first world in the original Super Mario Bros., Syoban Action takes a chunk of a game that was already old school tough to begin with and peppers it with enough hellish booby traps to make it damn near impossible to get through.
The nostalgic scenery contains an abundance of nasty surprises that taunt you with their cruel cleverness after they dispatch you mercilessly. Bricks, pipes, clouds, and even the air itself is laden with murderous intent. Though your life count will quickly plummet into the negative double-digits, it’s hard not to laugh at the depravity poured into the game’s design.
The World’s Hardest Game
The first few levels of the boastfully named “World’s Hardest Game” are admittedly tricky, but they don’t initially seem like anything special. You move a red square around a basic puzzle maze until you reach a green exit zone, collecting small yellow circles and avoiding moving blue circles along the way. Despite its deceptively simple format, it doesn’t take long for the game to live up to its ominous moniker.
Maneuvering through the whirling and weaving blue circles of death is a teeth-grinding affair. For those who don’t have the patience, it’s worth catching a glimpse of the mind-melting last few levels.
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