Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Chronicles of Spoon is tough. Old school tough. It reminds me of various old 8 bit games I used to play like Thrust and Lunar Lander. The kind of games you could say were scary hard and how kids these days don't know what real hard is. You think Veteran mode on the latest Call of Duty is scary? Try applying just the right amount of thrust on a space vehicle in one of these games.
Chronicles of Spoon is a true step back to these dark days of evil. That's not actually a bad thing, it's just that I have to worry about my blood pressure now I'm an adult. I don't know if I can take the pressure!Chronicles of Spoon offers 39 levels of pinpoint accurate spaceship controlling. Screw up just for a millisecond and it's game over. Fortunately each level isn't too huge but you will want to scream after a while. It sounds horrific but that moment where you succeed is beautiful, nothing beats it. Then another level begins and you're back to screaming. The visuals are bleak but in keeping with the rest of the game, it demonstrates a harsh world but in an oddly artistic sort of way.
There's no leaderboards, no achievements, nothing like that. Chronicles of Spoon is all about you and your sense of accomplishment. Some levels will throw many obstacles at you while others will cast plenty of wind at you thus disrupting your poor spaceship's trajectory even more. The controls are fairly sound once you get the hang of them. Your right finger controls thrust while your left controls the direction of the craft.
You won't fail because of the game's inadequacies. You'll fail because of your own doing. This does make for an acquired taste. With no hand holding on offer, casual gamers need to run away and fast. Those looking for some hardcore, retro goodness though will soak this up like nobody's business. Give it a go but try not to throw your iOS device out of the window. At least not without getting the trajectory and thrust just right.