Parents' Guide to

Euclidean

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Frustratingly hard, fortunately short descent into madness.

Game Windows 2015
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Heap on layers of increasing difficulty, and the reward is frustration. Euclidean refers to itself as "a game of geometric horror," and that it is. The visuals are kept dark -- for the most part -- and death can reach out in an instance and end the game. This is like a nightmare where you're slowly falling and can't do anything about it. You try to avoid things reaching out to kill you, but moving in the wrong direction can create even more trouble and make death inevitable. The three difficulty levels leave little room for mistakes. The graphics are serviceable and create a dream-like world that works in the context of the game but seems to work against the player simply because things are hard to see, let alone avoid. You can only see a little ways in front of you, so moving to avoid death is a reflexive element.

On the plus side, the price is only $3.99, and the audio portion does well to create the ambiance of horror the game embraces. Still, this is a rather short game, featuring only nine levels with no online component. Euclidean is a bold concept, but its difficulty, frustration, and concept mean it isn't a game for younger or impressionable players.

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