This Could Hurt ($0.99) by Chillingo Ltd is a simple adventure platformer that looks a bit like Rinth Island, with its multi-level platforms and winding pathways. Instead of being a puzzle game, though, This Could Hurt features action-oriented gameplay.
In the game, you’ll take on the role of an Oakguard apprentice, working towards becoming a fully fledged Oakguard, which a sacred position that entails protecting the Great Oak - the tree that gives like and power to the entire village.
To become an Oakguard, you will have to make your way through the Path of Pain, which is filled with blades, mallets, pitfalls, and plenty of other devices that want to poke, squash, and burn you.
This Could Hurt is not your typical platform game. Instead of controlling where your character runs and jumps with a joystick or arrows, the main character will continually run forward, like in an endless running game.
Touching the screen with a finger will bring him to a halt, and since each level is fraught with perils, stopping at the right time to avoid spikes and other traps is of the utmost importance.
Essentially, this is a game of timing. You will need to pay close attention to what’s going on in the level, the pace of your character, and the speed of the traps in order to avoid damage and make it through each stage.
Your main goal is to complete each level without getting damaged, and your secondary goal is to get through the level in a speedy fashion. The levels themselves aren’t difficult, but beating them quickly and avoiding harm is a daunting task, meaning this one-touch game presents a serious challenge.
There are four worlds in total, including Forest, Ruins, Snow, and Lava, and each world has ten levels. Every world will introduce new game mechanics, so the gameplay remains dynamic. The game also features Game Center integration with both leaderboards and achievements.
This Could Hurt is a fun little platformer that’s fairly unique with its one touch gameplay, plus it’s priced right at $0.99. If you’re looking for a challenge, give this game a try.