Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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While games on the whole are noticeably simpler and easier than the games of the 80s and 90s, there’s also a genre full of games keen to remind you of why you enjoyed such challenges once upon a time. Potatoman Seeks The Troof is part of that genre, testing your ability to react exceptionally quickly. Some control issues aside, it’s mostly quite fun if all too brief.
With the graphical prowess of an 8-bit console or computer, Potatoman Seeks The Troof is simple looking but also quite charming. Your sole objective is to dodge everything and survive. There’s a certain amount of pattern recognition involved here, but just when you think you fully get it down, it changes things up.
Early on, you jump over various cacti. Then, inexplicably, one cactus leaps in the air - usually catching you out the first time round. So, Potatoman Seeks The Troof isn’t just about pattern recognition but also trial and error. Fortunately, it restarts quickly so you never lose out too much.
It does occasionally make Potatoman Seeks The Troof feel a little unfair though, as you feel you’ve got into the rhythm of things then are expected to react to something that you wouldn’t see coming. Similarly unfair are controls that make it too easy to hit the wrong direction at a pivotal moment. It’s possible to adjust these but it’s never quite foolproof, and that's something that's really going to affect your enjoyment levels.
Still, while Potatoman Seeks The Troof has its issues, it’s a decent middle ground between easier fare and the likes of VVVVVV and Super Meat Boy. It might only take an hour or so to complete but you’ll feel pretty satisfied when you get there. You’ll have defeated not only a tricky game, but an aggravating control system.