by Harry Slater 25/1/2013
Product: Half-Inch Heist
Developer: Mutant Labs
Publisher: Mutant Labs
Genre: Action, Arcade, Hardcore
If you boiled down the bullet-hell genre, stripping away all of the periphery mechanics as you did so, you'd be left with something similar to Half-Inch Heist.
This is a game that's all dodge, with giant hails of rockets, bullets, lasers, and bad guys inundating you from the second you start.
While it's a twitchy test of reactions, and pretty good-looking to boot, in the end is hamstrung by its own simplicity.
You control the game with a single finger. A diamond appears at the bottom of the screen, you push down on it, and the game starts. If you lift your finger for even a split-second then you lose and have to start again from the beginning.
While it has an interesting central idea, Half-Inch Heist is more about frustration than it is fun
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