Posted: July 19, 2014
Pressured is a clever little indie puzzle game by Paul Marrable. I really like it, even though it makes me feel like an idiot sometimes [most the time], especially when the pressure meter starts shaking and I start panic-clicking and failing. (DONT PANIC)
The base concept is actually pretty neat. There are "TV" Screens you need to click on that have numbers on them. Each level has a randomly generated target number that you need to get to a certain number of times (Let's say the number is 10). You can do 4+6, 9+1, 5+4+1, etc. But be careful, the screens rotate pretty quick, and the more clicks you take, the more points it takes away from you in the end. The higher the level is, the higher the number is, and the less time you have (or the more time I spend thinking, I'm not sure).
A couple tips-
*Read the tips at the bottom of the main screen. I didn't, jumped right into the gameplay and immediately failed. Like, read the tutorial.
*Speaking of, The tutorial is immensely helpful. And even so, you still may take a few tries before you get the hang of it.
*A few levels into easy, and you'll unlock normal.
*If your score is misbehaving and you need to reset it, you can click a bomb. I've noticed that this likes to push all the TV panels to lower numbers too.
*The unlocks are meant to be read in order, but are not unlocked in order.
*I find for the first level if the sum is greater than 10 it always seems to be a bit more of a struggle, and makes the ensuing levels a little more difficult. If it is 10 or less that first level is a breeze.
*If you find yourself still struggling, head back to easy for practice, the timer is more forgiving, but the TV screens seem to go the same rate.
*The longer you play, the more number associations you make, and the better you get.
I think the poetry unlocks that create a story are a nice addition, and give you something to strive for instead of just a high score. It makes Pressured more than 'just a puzzle game'. I think it's quirky, and has unique qualities that make it stand out. I recommend Pressured and say it is worth the price point, on sale or not. Also, that song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day...week...year... ><