Maddeningly simple with classic arcade play
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 30 Jul 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Quality sound, quality graphics, addictive game play, simple controls
High difficulty, monotonous game play
DexLand for Android is a fast moving and intense game of endurance and skill. This is the sorta game I would have pumped quarters into for hours, then suffered restless nights dreaming that I was still playing. Damn bastards.
DexLand has a maddeningly simple concept. You are a pair of weird looking Siamese blobs attached at the hip, but capable of separating momentarily of need be; and yup, sometimes it need be. The game environment takes place in what looks like the underworld to one of Tim Burton’s movies. It’s an upward moving game that has three basic obstacles and three basic movements to avoid them; go left, go right, or split your little alien twins apart to avoid going splat. The farther you go, the faster everything moves. Only truly schizophrenic people stand a shot at going far in this game. Or is it that trying to go far makes you schizophrenic? I can’t remember which.
The controls are responsive and work well, which is paramount in a game like this. Dodging left, right or splitting up isn't exactly hard. The tricky part is reacting at a moment’s notice to the approaching obstacles, especially as they come at you faster and faster. The animation is visually appealing and creates a world unto its own. Very cool look and color scheme. The sounds are entertaining, odd and cool.
DexLand is highly addictive but also maddeningly frustrating. I’m not sure it’s even possible to go deep into this game, but you’ll surely go nuts trying. It’s a solid timekiller and I love the arcade style play.