SmallBall’s first update to their horror-themed puzzle game, Slice HD, isn’t one for the record books, but it is certainly one for users to make sure and get.
Slice HD v1.1 adds 21 new blade-filled puzzles and removed the failed to complete penalty, which sent the player back to the very first puzzle if he or she didn’t finish the current level successfully. The iPhone and iPod touch version lacked that particular game rule right off the bat. I will guess that it is a mixed opinion, depending on how skilled you are — but I’m glad it was changed from the initial Slice HD release.
Slice HD is an interesting concept for a puzzle game, adding a bit of the horror genre in a simulation sort of way. Our own Bryan Wolfe states that the experience reminds him of the Saw films, but I’d add that it has a Dexter-type feel. If those references weren’t a hint, this game may not be appropriate for children or those easily unsettled by blood.
The game involves manipulating very sharp — virtual, of course — objects in a clever manner that reveals access to buttons. The player must move these knives, etc with their fingers precisely, or you’ll cut your virtual hands. Slice HD is not intensely gory but there is a brief blood splattering, where it does seem fairly realistic as if slicing your own fingertips.
Most blades and other sharp objects must be turned, pushed, or pulled to make access to the red buttons, however, some of the dangerous tools are automated; requiring some serious problem solving. Touch the edge of the blades or get your fingertip in the way of a moving one and game over.
Controls are multi-touch, allowing the use of both hands and as many fingers as needed. A button only needs to be pushed once, and certain buttons and movements must be performed in a particular order to complete a level. There are 33 levels to complete in Slice HD with “more on the way.”
Slice HD is designed for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 3.2 or later, and available in the App Store for $1.99. Due to the expanded multi-touch support, Slice HD may not operate as expected if Accessibility features are enabled.