Posts Tagged ‘Action Henk’

Bum-Sliding Fun: Action Henk Leaves Early Access

Keep on sliding, Nathan.

Our Nathan, back when he was our Nathan, was really into sliding around on his bottom. Wait for it, ladies and gentlemen: …and in the game. He dug Action Henk [official site] back when it was on Steam Early Access and, now that it’s properly launched and has a demo, I see the appeal.

It’s a time-trialling, leaderboard-chasing 2D racer about grotesque action figures running (and sliding on their bottoms) around courses constructed from toys, all wooden blocks, toy car tracks, and a floor that is literally lava.

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Buttsliding Around Early Access: Action Henk

Let me buttslide you to funky town

We last checked up on action figure speedrun simulator Action Henk [official site] when the dearly departed Mr. Grayson gave it the Chatter Over treatment in July last year. It’s continued development since, nearing a full release some time in the next couple of months. It caught my eye with the combo of speed-platforming and ludicrously caricatured style. Betsy may be the most terrifying character in video game history. Latest footage and some more in-depth thoughts below.

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Let’s Chatter Over… Action Henk’s Toy-stalgic Butt Sliding

Are videogames art? Or are they toys, children’s playthings powered by tech so cutting-edge that it can cut the edges off other edges? Action Henk replies with a curt, confident, “Why not both?” It’s a toy-themed (think Toy Story) racer-platformer that hearkens to classics like old-school Sonic as well as modern leaderboard-driven stunt games like Trials. It’s simple and, as a result, refreshingly pure. It’s just you, the level, and your own easy-to-learn, hard-to-master bag of tricks. You vs other people’s times, you vs NPC ghosts, you vs yourself. It’s already quite good, is what I’m saying, and it’s only in Early Access. Watch below to see me play a bit and show off some of my favorite levels so far. Also I literally die in a fire on a few occasions, which should be fun for some of you.

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Action Henk Looks Like Mario, Moves Like Sonic

I can't tell if he's really enjoying this or if he's in the worst agony of his life.

Who’s Action Henk, you ask?¬†WHO’S ACTION HENK? Hah, that’s a good one.

You mean you really don’t know? Wow. What rock have you been living under? Probably not one with a mossy underbelly of pure, congealed¬†thrills, I’m guessing. That’s the kind of rock Action Henk would live under if Action Henk ever decided to live under a rock. But you know what he does instead? He eats boulders for breakfast. Also moss. Also you. Henk really likes to eat.

But boy can he ever move. He might possess Mario’s doughy physique (albeit in action figure form), but his game plays like a modern take on classic 2D Sonic The Hedgehog.

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