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Felix the Reaper

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Death doesn't take a holiday in this tough but fun puzzler.

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While this is a very clever puzzle game, it's also such a tough one that it can be more frustrating than fun. In Felix the Reaper, our hero is training to be a reaper. Except the job doesn't just require him to show up, tap the recently deceased on the shoulder with his bony finger, and fly away. No, his job is to set certain things in motion that will result in the victim being in the right place at the right time so they'll die in the prescribed way. Like, say, moving someone into just the right spot so a spear will pierce their heart. To do this, Felix has to move around a board, moving objects into place. Except Felix can't stand the sun, so he can only walk on tiles that are shaded. It's a good thing he can shift the position of the sun to change which blocks are shaded, and thus walkable.

The result is a rather inventive and enticing puzzle game. That's especially true since Felix likes to dance, and is constantly shaking his money maker. It's just too bad it's so dang hard. Unlike many puzzle games, this doesn't start you out with super easy levels. Instead, it drops you in the deep end once you get past a short training puzzle. Granted, you can get hints when you need to know what to do next, or what your ultimate goal is, but they're not always clear and don't always make things easier. That said, if you are looking for a real brain teaser, it has that in spades; you can even replay levels with added difficulty or while racing against the clock. Either way, playing Felix the Reaper is clever, challenging, and funky...but it just might kill you with its difficulty.

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