Hazard is a simple action game with fast paced, side to side gameplay brought to us by Keymash. The objective is to not let the main character ‘Harry” get squashed by a series of collapsing ceilings. Every couple of seconds, the ceiling will come crashing down and the only way to survive is to move Harry to an area that doesn’t close all the way. Each time you survive, the gap configuration changes and you have to run to a new area to avoid the next crushing ceiling fall. The question is – How many times can you survive?
As you can see via our screenshots, the graphics on Hazard are rather basic. As you do not get to travel and face new challenges, like a traditional side-scrolling game, the level just keeps resetting until you eventually don’t make it to one of the safe gaps and you die. Thus, there is no real change of scenery or different levels to add to this 2D game. On a positive note, everything moves fluidly and there is no playback jerkiness, thus what you see is what you get.
The control layout is very simplistic. You have left and right directional buttons in the form of arrows pointing each way located in the bottom left corner and a jump button located in the lower right corner of the screen. No options, no settings, no fuss. A start screen, high scores, and the game itself are all the puzzle pieces you work with.
This game is fast paced and they throw you right onto the action. I think that kids would have a good time with this game. They don’t have to do anything but try to get a good score by surviving. However, I don’t see how this game could hold anyone’s attention for very long. I did play it several times, and for what it is, I was entertained for short durations.
Hazard has launched the game with a 50% of sale, and thus, at the moment, Hazard costs $0.99 on iTunes. This price seems reasonable, however, if it goes up dramatically then I really can’t see paying much more for this game. If it was in a pack of games or had some type of added features I might entertain the idea.
If you have a dollar to burn and like the concept of this game or have kids that would be entertained by its simplistic and easy to use gameplay, scoop up Hazard and get to saving Harry from the impending doom of an eternity of falling ceiling after falling ceiling.
Hazard iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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