HypnoTrip is a wild game that uses psychedelic images to challenge players to the max. To be frank, it is almost like an assault on the eyes. I definitely don’t recommend giving this game a try if you have strong light and/or visual sensitivity.
Concept and Gameplay:
I don’t often write reviews with warnings about the game, but when it comes to HypnoTrip by Stefano Lanfranco, a warning is definitely necessary. The game is built around the concept of messing with players by using strong visuals for distraction and it can get pretty overwhelming.
Even if you don’t have a diagnosed condition such as epilepsy, you probably won’t be able to play HypnoTrip for a long period of time.
The goal of HypnoTrip is to protect the spinning circle at the middle of the screen by fending off attacking circles. This is achieved by tapping on them. The longer you stay alive, the harder the game gets. This is pretty standard among similar games, but the added visual assault makes the game super difficult to play.
That’s really all there is to HypnoTrip. I’ll be completely honest in saying that I was at my limit just to test the game in order to write this review. It’s certainly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
HypnoTrip includes a few useful features for players such as a training mode and challenge mode. In training mode you can’t make any mistakes, so it’s very high pressure.
Challenge mode is a little more forgiving, allowing three lives before the game is over. You can also get powerups such as additional lives by tapping on the bubbles with a question mark.
There are also special boosts called SlowMos. You can earn SlowMos in HypnoTrip by watching ads, completing challenges or purchasing them via in-app purchases. SlowMos slow the board down for a few seconds so you can quickly catch up and improve your chances of a better score.
HypnoTrip can be downloaded from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The game is supported by unobtrusive ads and you can disable them via an in-app purchase. Doing this also grants you 5 additional SlowMo boosts.
Overall, HypnoTrip is fun to play for a very short period of time. It can definitely hurt your eyes after awhile and I don’t recommend trying it if you have any sort of visual sensitivity.
HypnoTrip requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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