SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop)- Review

Originally posted September 27th 2014 on the Seafoam Gaming forums


Title: SPIKEY WALLS

System: Wii U (eShop)

Price: 0.99

Release date: 9/18/2014

The main game/story

This game is as simple as they come. Made as a “parody” and “experiment” of sorts in order to see which games appeal to people on the Wii U eShop, RCMADIAX halted the development of his fun little tabletop games and quickly made SPIKEY WALLS for the Wii U, rushing it out to the eShop as a Flappy bird clone.

There’s no plot.

Graphics

Being that this game was meant as a parody of sorts, the graphics aren’t meant to be that great. The background is a bland color, the titular “Spikey Walls” are bland, and your main character (Who seems like a fly?) is bland. Not to mention that after playing the game for a while, the background will hurt your eyes.

Music and sound effects:

There’s only one song in this entire game and it’s extremely annoying beyond belief. It’s very short, very simple, has odd instruments and is easily forgettable. It also suffers from Blok Drop U 1.0 Syndrome where there is not one sound effect in the entire game, making this a game where you want the music turned OFF at all times.

Gameplay

I’ll be honest here. Even for $0.99 this is a very, very, very short game. Even shorter than Blok Drop U. I hit the “play” button on the title screen, and I could just drop the controller and instantly die, letting me see absolutely EVERYTHING there is to this game. I mean it. All you do is tap the A button and fly through walls. Over and over and over again, until you die. And when you die, you just vanish. No animations, just vanish. They copied Flappy Bird rather well, but when the source material is a game that’s so boring and simply too short, it’s only recommend for die-hard high score fanatics. And even though I’m a high score fan, I just don’t think this game is worth the $0.99. You could buy the other RCMADIAX games for that price and have more fun with them.

Conclusion

This isn’t a glitchy game or a broken game, it works, but at the bare minimum that is possible. Even for $0.99, I just can’t recommend this game to anyone except fans of the source material. Using a button is better than tapping your screen, but it still won’t catch your interest. I recommend you get other RCMADIAX games instead for the same price if you want simple fun, as those actually had effort into them and weren’t made to test to see if crazy Miiverse kids would buy these games. This game sold almost as well as BDU, and that is depressing considering how despite how bad that game was at first, after the update it became a great addition to the Wii U eShop, with more content being planned for it as well. Hopefully this experiment shows other indie devs that copying is not that good.

I give SPIKEY WALLS a 4 out of 10

Thanks to RCMADIAX for the review code.

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