Stickman Deluxe Game Review
January 21, 2012
By Maxwell J. Provo
Stickman Deluxe throws us back into the simple arcade games of the nineteen-eighties. Collect falling points and avoid swinging death traps to advance to the next level and gain your power-up. Be careful to avoid those negative points, though! Add to all this the occasional bouncing ball, and you have Stickman Deluxe.
Stickman Deluxe allows you to control a Stick whose primary job is to acquire points. The points fall from the sky en masse. They are in the form of numbers which indicate their value. There are two different colors that fall from the sky: Green and red. The only points that you want to collect are the green ones. They add points to your score (except for those damn 0 ones). The numbers that are in red subtract from your score. Occasionally, there are point numbers with a little “double” next to them. That simply takes their value and doubles it.
Points are not the only thing falling from the sky in Stickman Deluxe. There are also wooden boxes with metal blades that swing attached to them. These boxes are deadly (well, sometimes). They take away one of your lives. You only have three per level, so avoid these as well as you can. As well as the wooden boxes of death there are huge blobs that bounce around in each level. Avoid these too, though I am not sure why; nothing seems to happen when they hit you. To dodge them you can either run off screen with your arrow keys or roll with A (to go left) or D (to go right).
For new players, Stickman Deluxe could not be friendlier. In the beginning of each loaded session, a tutorial automatically plays. It walks you through the specifics of the game such as the point system, what to avoid, and how to choose power-ups. (Having said that, power-ups are simply things you can choose at the end of each level. Press the spacebar in the next stage to activate it.) For returning players, simply click “I have played before” to skip to the actual game.
Stickman Deluxe is a game from a simpler time, but it nonetheless provides a few minutes of good fun. There is a certain nostalgia to dodging various obstacles and collecting points that hardly ever gets old. Usability is great and the built-in tutorial ins invaluable for the clueless. Take a play and rack up some points!
RATING: 4 SticksStickman Deluxe,