Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Hyper Trip is a tough game. A very tough game. It's reminiscent of the likes of Super Hexagon in terms of challenge. In fact, it’s going to seem quite familiar in other ways too. It seems a little like Snake with you guiding a line around an arena while trying to dodge many walls and obstacles. It’s also a lot like the special stage in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 with you having to move fast through a maze. Whatever the reference you get, Hyper Trip is satisfying for those with plenty of patience.
Frantically paced, it’s the kind of game where you should practice a lot - ideally during the opening menus. A tap left or right dictates the direction in which your square goes, so it’s certainly simple, but it's definitely not easy. At times it feels like the controls aren’t as tight as they should be, but I suspect more times than not it’s my reactions that fail me more so. The maze is huge and the square moves fast, meaning you have to react very quickly. A low camera means at times you might feel a little cheated when your reactions aren’t lightning fast, but Hyper Trip is the kind of game that rewards persistence.
You only have to survive 20 seconds to unlock the next stage, then 40 seconds in that one and so on, but 20 seconds feels like a long time early on. Hyper Trip constantly gives you a heads-up on your high scores as well as how many times you’ve attempted a run, almost baiting you into feeling a bit despondent.
Hyper Trip isn’t going to be for everyone due to such a high difficulty curve, but those looking for a frantically fast-paced challenge will revel in its simple yet harsh core.