Parents' Guide to

101 Ways to Die

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Bloody trap builder lacks creative puzzle-solving.

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Too much violence

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It's a little rough around the edges, and the over-the-top cartoon violence isn't for all audiences (or tastes), but the basic puzzle mechanics this game is built on are sound. Every level begins with an analysis of objectives, stage layout, and the number and type of Splatts you'll be contending with. Then it's a matter of deducing where to place your various traps and gizmos. It sometimes involves a bit of trial and error to get the timing of certain elements right, but most puzzles can be solved through a mix of logic and the player's common-sense understanding of physics. There's definitely a sense of Rube Goldberg-esque satisfaction that comes with working out an intricate trap combination that, say, flips a Splatt up into the air, bounces him off an explosive mine on the ceiling, and sends him flying through a fan before being harpooned and pinned to a wall of spikes.

That said, the puzzles don't involve as much imagination as you might expect. Many puzzles -- especially early on -- seem to have only one possible solution capable of satisfying all graduate and master objectives, making them projects about figuring out what the game designers want players to do rather than exercises in creative problem-solving. That's a missed opportunity. Long story short, 101 Ways to Die isn't going to be for everyone, but puzzle fans who prefer clear-cut deduction over inventive problem-solving (and can handle a fair bit of senseless gore) are likely to be at least moderately entertained.

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