I remember the first time when a game left me baffled. It was The Neverhood a point and click adventure published by DreamWorks Interactive in 1996. I remember holding my finger pressed on the left-arrow key while the main character Klaymen walked for more than 20 screens to reach an item and then back the same way. The whole experience must have lasted for several minutes, but my disbelief is still very much alive.
And OLDTV is going to be among those as well since I really don’t know what happened between me and this game.
At the beginning of the game, you will be warned not to continue if you are prone to epilepsy and color blindness. And rightly so, since even a person without those conditions would start to feel dizziness after a while. The plot is… well… you have to use your mouse to confirm or deny (hint: right click – FALSE, left click – TRUE) that the color you see is the one the inscription says it is.
After a short and speedy tutorial, you see an intro which includes only letters appearing in the old TV interface. It says that you are a gifted child, switching through the TV channels and to do that, you will have to use your intelligence.
Gameplay is very simple, you use your right and left mouse buttons to play and, of course, your concentration. The soundtrack is great and it only made the game better, which is probably what many of the players thought as well since you can buy it on Steam. However, the game is free and available for PC and iOS, for now, although Android version should follow soon. When it comes to the iOS version, instead of mouse clicks, you use screen taps to identify true and false statements.
One of the achievements you can get is Monochrome, meaning that everything will be in black and white. You are probably confused with this as I was, but that won’t stop you from playing and failing miserably, of course. But, after a while, you will start noticing the pattern and from then on it’s actually the same game as though you play it in color. However, saying anything more about Monochrome achievement would be a big spoiler so I’ll leave you to it.
OLDTV was published by Michal Walaszczyk and developed by Jawad Jandali and Tarek Ghandour, the former being a creator of the Tap Hero game published in 2016 for iOS and Android. The game reached over 100,000 downloads for iOS in a day and quickly entered the top 5 charts in the UK, Canada, and the USA.
And I’m not surprised by this at all. OLDTV is an amazing game which will go on your nerves and drive you crazy, but you simply won’t stop playing it. Just like The Neverhood, I cursed and was determined to quit a number of times, and yet I still play it and probably will do it again after I finish this review.
Which games drove you crazy like OLDTV and The Neverhood did me? Leave your comments below and recommend some, since clearly, I am a glutton for punishment.