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Achievement Unlocked

Stop whatever else you’re doing and play this fabulous wee thing right away. Just as we’re all wishing there was another You Have To Burn The Rope, along comes this delightful bite-size contender. As with YHBTR, the best approach to writing about it is to not write much about it, because explaining the joke only diminishes it. All you need to know is that you will laugh. And laugh. And laugh some more. Then become so obsessed with unlocking everything that you forget to laugh. Then someone will call it stupid, or say that Simpsons game already made the same joke, or whine that everything’s too meta these days, and we’ll all feel a bit sadder. Then we’ll look at that list on the right of its interface and laugh again.

My favourite? “#49: Total Confusion = Space bar has no purpose, dummy.” I have no idea why I hit the spacebar – muscle memory for Jump, I guess – but I felt ashamed and proud at once when that popped up. If only more games rewarded me for my own inept stupidity.

What this may visually lack compared to YHBTR’s winking, cartoon style, it has in terms of eventually becoming a fully-fledged game with genuine challenges – which, given the good-heartedly parodical nature of the thing, becomes so self-reflexive that my head hurts.

Thanks to everyone in the world for mailing us about this and/or mentioning it Comments. You are all sweeties, and just because folk occasionally submit cool stuff to us en masse doesn’t mean anyone should stop doing it – we’re always hugely grateful.

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