Barbie Queue: Liferaft: Zero

By Quintin Smith on August 23rd, 2010 at 1:25 pm.

It's a bit like Bionic Commando, only biological. So, messier.

The torrent of excellent browser games never stops! Not even for GamesCom. Indie Games posted about Liferaft: Zero last week, and it’s tricky bit of platforming with an excellent, Portal-like atmosphere. You play an endless series of cloned, acrobatic girls, and do your best to steer them towards candy and away from certain death. Your best won’t be good enough, but it’s more messed up enough to justify a play. Video after the jump.

If I’m honest, it’s ludicrously fiddly. Fiddly like performing open heart surgery, in the dark. On a cat. While wearing oven gloves. It could be that I suck, of course, but I doubt it. There’s a great deal of pixel-perfect jumping required, and the grappling hook’s mightily counterintuitive.

Luckily, it’s also pacy enough that it lures you into attempting levels a dozen times in a row, which is usually enough to complete them. Overall the experience is about as frustrating as a platformer can be while remaining enjoyable, but don’t take my word for it. See for yourself.

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39 Comments »

  1. Nesetalis says:

    woah.. :O that looks exceptionally fun and difficult.

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    Lambchops says:

    Too finicky for my liking.

  3. Miked says:

    The deaths are horrific, my poor clones!

  4. Sam Crisp says:

    Mastering the grapple physics is great fun.

  5. Baboonanza says:

    Now my fingers hurt :(

  6. BigglesB says:

    That was seriously hard. Still never quite perfected the grapple launch technique. Brutal.

  7. Player1 says:

    This is sooo n or n+… just harder, if possible.

  8. JackShandy says:

    This is the most horrified I’ve ever been about dying.

    My poor clones! Sent to their deaths again and again!

  9. Ian says:

    I gave up on the level where there were several sets of slide-then-wall-jumps.

    • Volpicks says:

      What a coincidence. The game was challenging in a fun way before that, but that level was ridiculous.

    • Heliocentric says:

      The fact that I was playing it on a keyboard and having to manage the momentum of the wall jumps (rather than them just defaulting to fastest).

      In short, I want those 10 minutes back.

  10. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    It may be me, it may be the controls, but it didn’t take long for me to put this one aside. But then, there’s always a fine line between too easy and too difficult with such platformers.

    • m_s0 says:

      Same for me, though I know it’s because of grapple controls. Plus, I’m not destroying my keyboard over a flash game :P

  11. CMaster says:

    Got stuck on level 22. Know what do do, even pulled it off once, but then fowled up the second or third wall jump. Bored and kinda horrified by all the blood now.

    • radomaj says:

      Level 22 is where I first swore of candy, but I soldier on with just getting to the bell. Level 24 now.

  12. Saucy says:

    Generic portal-rip off with awkward controls. Gimmick: Grappling hooks.

    Indie gaming is the bastion of originality.

  13. Skinlo says:

    On 26 atm, getting tough.

  14. GamerV says:

    Finished with clone #92, and then the game told me it was disappointed with me. Well fuck you too.

  15. radomaj says:

    Finally did it. 101 clones, candy up to 22, going to try get some of the higher-level candy now.

  16. Hyudra says:

    Yeah, is it even possible to get level 22 candy?

  17. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    Too frustrating for me…I don’t like frustrating games….NEXT!

  18. Brulleks says:

    Level 20 was the one that reminded me there are far better ways I could be spending my time that didn’t make me want to punch something.

    Fun for the first few levels though.

  19. Nick says:

    My keyboard won’t respond to up and left at the same time making it impossible for me to finish.

    • Nick says:

      Nevermind, just used the num-pad instead.
      Finished all chambers and got all candy.
      If you thought it was too hard, all I can say is, “Lol”

  20. Mr.D says:

    Couldnt get candy on lvl 27, so I decided to check bonus… Now THAT looks more like N.

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