A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Focuses on survival through solving puzzles, but it has bleak messages throughout.
Positive Role Models
Players are themselves, frequently get a sense they're somewhere they're not supposed to be. Each decision seen as life or death, but nothing makes characters positive.
Ease of Play
Multiple difficulty settings, but there's no tutorial. Though movement is rather easy, not always easy to tell where danger might be. Permadeath means starting entire game over due to mistakes. Psychological elements not for younger players.
Violence & Scariness
The screen splatters red with the message that "you" -- meaning the player's character -- has died, then fades to black.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Euclidean is a downloadable, single-player survival horror game that's very hard to play, not only due to the level design but the fact that the game features permanent death. Essentially what that means is if the player's character dies, he or she has to start all over. The game features psychological elements that may be inappropriate for younger players. There's no definable scenes of violence, although the screen splatters red with the words "You have died" before fading to black.
Is It Any Good?
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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