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Reflex-intensive gaming action that turns into an adrenaline rush

Developer description

Tap the button to gain points, but watch out for the death button. A warning will happen before ... More

Editor's review

Published 1 Nov 2016

There are so many different types of games on the app market these days with each catering to a slightly different audience. Some like intricate puzzle games that force you to use your brain while some are fonder of the simple shoot-em-up style games that are all about reaction times and accuracy rather than logic and strategy. The most popular ones tend to be the 'Candy Crush' style games that test one's observatory skills and the role-playing games that sees the player pitted against an evil nemesis. Not everyone loves games like those, however. Some like games like this one...

The imaginatively titled Die is an adrenaline ride. This new Android game made by indie developer Swill is all about concentration, persistence and sheer strength of character. It will test your reflexes to the nth degree. It's a simple enough game to get your head around. The idea is to tap the button as fast as you can while it is in gray mode in order to get points. You're safe just as long as the button doesn't turn red. Sounds easy enough so far, doesn't it? The problems arise when you see the warning signs that the death button is imminent. Then you're in trouble.

The whole idea of Die is to get to 170 points by furiously clicking the button as fast as you can while it is safe and active. You heard it right!  Believe me, you'll know what I mean about an adrenaline ride when you get to play the game. To start with, you simply have to click the play button and immediately you're on a roller coaster ride as you tap the button as fast as you can. Then you just have to keep your eyes open and your wits about you and make sure you don't tap when the skull and crossbones button appears.

The game description states that 'something special happens' when you hit the magic 170 score. Sadly, I wasn't good enough to reach those heady heights when I played so I'll never know what the special thing was unless I get back to hitting that button. I don't think my master reflexes were sharp enough that night. There are two different game modes to play and there's even an 'insane mode' for hardcore players...and we all know someone like that now, don't we?

Ahhh, you gotta love a game that's developed by an indie team. So many of them are so old school. Swill has only made a couple of games up till now and one of those is a strobe flasher for your phone so it's early days for this developer. The game itself is very easy to play with only a few things to take into account to get going. The interface is simple but effective and there's not much navigation required. Just make sure that you don't beat the hell out of your device when it gets going. As the developers say, 'it's a reflex-intensive action game with a simple mechanic.' Enough said. Die is available for free now for Android on the Google Play store.

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