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You Should Play: Sunburn has you round up friends in space, and then plunge everyone into a star

Andrew Hayward | Jan. 19, 2015
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Its gameplay is unique, too: Luckily, Sunburn's dire scenario isn't just window dressing on a tried-and-true gameplay concept — the tricky platform challenges feel unique, and require careful timing and navigation. Your task is to use the jetpack to zip around and collect each subordinate, attaching them all to one great big tether behind you. You'll do so while working with a limited supply of oxygen (replenished by landing on rotating planets) and dealing with moving fireballs, as well as flinging yourself through loopy gravity fields that wrest control from your thumbs. And if anyone perishes before you're all burning up together at the end, then you'll have to try again. After all, nobody dies alone out there. 

Good luck, captain: Who knew that death would be so hard to come by in the black depths of space? In actuality, it's not death that's tough to find, but rather the near-simultaneous group demise required to complete each stage. That's what proves so challenging as later levels become hugely complex. Trying to float around fireballs with a half-dozen humans and pets linked up behind you is tricky, plus the tether can get caught and snap if you're not careful. Add to that the oxygen meter and other hazards, and completing your task can be incredibly difficult at times. 

It can be frustrating in moments, especially during the last leg of the trek, but Sunburn's wit and charm go a long way towards keeping you on point. And I can promise you that there's really nothing out there quite like this lovable curio. 

Developer: Secret Crush
Platform:
iOS (Universal)
Price: $3

 

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