Taken straight from the games description: "Brave little cursor! Travel through a dangerous landscape with nothing but your cheery bounce. Avoid enemies and make for the exit!" And to be quite frank, that is exactly what I felt the entire time I was trying to get to that exit.

Recoil By: Mirosurabu Games is a puzzle game that will make your fingers work overtime. With it's old school graphics, and classic simple controls this one really pulls it off and with 20 levels to beat, it is the PERFECT 30 minute game... granted it took me 40 minutes to finish it.

You literally control a coil that bounces due to gravity, and other objects.. and you can control only its direction with the left and right arrows.

The physics engine in this is beautiful, allowing for wall jumps and a plethora of other fantastic things. The controls take a little bit to get used to, and honestly the first 3 or 4 levels take ALOT longer then the next few as you get used to basic techniques like how to climb steps, and how to take 2 block jumps vs 1 block jumps.

The game introduces each element slowly, like blocks that break when you hit them once, and NITRO... the green stuff that makes your life miserable.

More variety in levels comes from features as I listed like wall jumps; those tricky maneuvers will put the casual gamer that is not committed to finishing to rest, but once mastered they almost feel natural.

And these blocks let you FLLLYYYYY!!!

No joke, they launch your coil into flight, with the trajectory being set according to that little white portion. Flight can be controlled with, again, the left and right arrow keys, and once you hit a flat surface you again have nothing but your cheery bounce.

Level design is very creative, ranging from levels where you start on bricks that only allow for 1 jump, to a level where you start falling into a pit.

Instructions for everything from how to move, to how to wall-jump are given at the appropriate level.

Now the sound track might not suit some people, its feeling of a cross between retro-electronica and what sounds like current bands can be jarring at first. If it doesn't suit your style just pressing 'M' will toggle it on and off, a handy feature.

Also handy is the fact that anytime you do anything outside the game's window be it alt+tab or just click, the game instantly pauses. Clicking back into the window will resume it, a feature I think every game should incorporate.

All-in-all I was impressed with the simplistic nature of the game. There is also a score system based on how many times you die on a particular level, and how fast you clear them... but who cares we are not looking to be the best, just to be entertained.


Longevity: 3.0/5
Interface: 4.5/5
Addictiveness: 4.0/5
Sound: 3.0/5
Simplicity: 4.5/5

Overall: 3.8/5