Saturday, 20 June 2015

Action Henk Review

Ass-thetically Pleasing!

Action Henk is what happens when Toy Story meets Micro Machines. It’s that Sonic game you’ve been craving since the 2D days, but rather than being a blue hedgehog, you’re an overweight Action Man.
With over 70 levels to butt-slide across, they definitely have the ass-thetics down to the letter.
With over 70 levels to butt-slide across, they definitely have the ass-thetics down to the letter.
The protagonist is a fat Action Man toy who is more than a little past his prime and hanging on to his glory days. Unfortunately, after a nefarious doctor makes off with your “Toy of the Year” Award, you go on a mission to navigate 70+ courses and reclaim your glory.
It’s amazing how much fun can be wrung out of the simple controls of this game: running, jumping and butt-sliding your way to victory. The physics are a little wonky here and there, but it doesn’t stop the game from being enjoyable. The art style is hilarious, especially the character designs. One character in particular looks like her plastic surgeon (no pun intended) stapled forehead.
That said, Action Henk is undeniably frustrating. I played the first set of levels for what seemed like a hundred times. The game is highly unforgiving of mistakes and anything less than perfection is frowned upon. The team that made this game is highly appropriately named RageSquid since the whole game had me screaming. To give you an idea of how incredibly painful it can be, I allowed my niece to play it and less than ten minutes later there were tears and fireworks.