Powerless To Resist: Addicsjon

By Alec Meer on October 19th, 2009 at 9:39 am.

More concept platforming from indieland, in this quickie tale of a pill-crazed cartoon junkie roaming surrealistic lands for his next fix. It’s a deft twist upon the Mario et al formula, in that you’re trying to avoid rather than collect spinning, gleaming objects – for every pill you jump through, the screen distorts and shakes further. Sounds easy, if only yer man wasn’t so determined to fight against you…

Like Kieron towards AD&D manuals or me towards plastic robots, he heads inexorably,incessantly towards his unhealthy desires, with your frantic button-mashing only just managing to divert him from his intended path. Innocents will be harmed en route [ALLEGORY], unless you can steer him away with timely jumps and ducks.

Brief but effective, tongue-in-cheek stuff. It’s like driving a shopping trolley with a broken wheel, only with nauseating double/triple/quadruple vision, not accidentally bumping the heels of a grumpy pensioner, as the dread consequence.

Found via Play This Thing!.

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12 Comments »

  1. Okami says:

    I still don’t see why I should avoid getting those pills. They sound delicious…

  2. army of none says:

    This game was maddening, appropriately.

  3. alset says:

    It would have been exponentially funnier if the main character was Louis and said “PEELS HERE!” whenever he ate one. Fact!

  4. Rane2k says:

    “Grabbin´ pills.”

  5. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    I want to get those motherfuckin’ pills of the motherfuckin’ plane…oh wait..

  6. mrrobsa says:

    Decent. I had an idea involving wrestling control away from an unruly avatar, though it would be less about retro spike jumps and insta-death and more about love and responsibility, yeah?
    Also L4D has conditioned me to gobble pills so avoiding them in this game just feels wrong!
    Pills Here!
    http://www.halolz.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/halolz-dot-com-left4dead-louis-peelsbreakfast.jpg

  7. Doctor Doc says:

    As the readme said, that wasn’t very enjoyable. At least it was short.

  8. Dax says:

    Not bad, but why on earth is jump “s”? What would have been wrong with sticking with WSAD or the arrow keys but instead they chose to mix and match a load of random button combinations. Weird

  9. Serondal says:

    Bah, Max Payne was chowing down pain pills before L4D was even a concept.

  10. Rei Onryou says:

    Valve are right when they say its not good to take control from the player. Owie, my head!

  11. Mitthrawn says:

    Best I could do was 4 pills. Anyone else?

  12. Mitthrawn says:

    Best I could do was 4 pills eaten by addict. Anyone else?