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Some games are designed for enjoyment, giving the player a relaxed journey throughout a world of mystery and intrigue, where others seem to be designed by some sort of Sadist who wants to bring players to the edge of insanity. Switch – or Die Trying is part of the latter group and is solely responsible for me shouting at a teaspoon when I spilt sugar while making a cup of tea (It got to me man!)
S.O.D.T is a great looking platform game where you play i, a lowercase letter whose goal is to go into books and jump around in order to collect ink drops. Seems simple enough right? Well actually, no it isn’t. The levels in the game range from “that was easy” all the way up to “I need a PHD in Theoretical Physics to even comprehend how to make that jump”.
By turning yourself into a capital letter you can gain an extra boost on the jump, but sometimes the angles are so tight it seems to require pixel perfect timing to be able to complete the level. That’s not to say the game isn’t enjoyable, I spent many hours playing the game and trying to complete all the tasks. The game will suck you in and get you hooked until you either realise the time, or need to rage quit in order to keep some semblance of sanity.
In games like this the controls are important, as you will need near perfect timing to complete most of the levels. Luckily they are responsive and easily laid out to enable you to get to grips with the game quickly. The graphics are fantastic for a game of this type, they look brilliant and have lots of little details that really set it out from others that I have played. Combine that with the music which is perfect for the game and you have a combination that you can’t complain about in the slightest.
The puzzles are well thought out and are completely different from each other, which made me appreciate how much time and effort had gone into designing them and making them challenging and most importantly fun. It would be easy to make this game too simple or too hard, but Threye Interactive have got the balance spot on and I take my hat off to them for this. There is enough content included in the game for you to sink enough of your time into this game and feel satisfied that you got your moneys worth, and at no point did the game not feel like value for money.
The only small gripe I have with the game is the lack of a story behind the game. Some sort of back story or character driven narrative would have suited it perfectly, and would get you more invested in the character, but to be honest it doesn’t take that much away from the game overall. At the end of the day if this is the only small issue I can find in a game which is this challenging you are on to a winner.
This is up there with some of the best puzzle platform games I have played, you will be taken on a roller coaster of emotions and when you finally crack the level that you have been struggling on the sheer relief and sense of achievement is worth all the swearing and hair pulling it caused you. At no point did I not want to carry on playing, no matter how difficult it got and I would recommend this to fans of the genre and also those who are new to it.
Just remember to breathe and tell yourself “It is just a game, no need to smash the controller”.
Switch or Die Trying is now available on Xbox One (reviewed), Steam and Android.
Developer: Threye Interactive / Military Games
Disclaimer: In order to complete this review, we were provided with a code from the publishers.