A simple time-killer with a crazy gameplay
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 12 Sep 2016, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, decent graphics, dynamic game play, simple controls
Psych for Android is a totally original game, unlike anything else I’ve played before. You’ll probably have your own interpretation of this game, but I like to think that your little triangle particle is trying to escape from a black hole at the centre. It’s impossible of course, nothing escapes from a black hole, but that’s not going to stop you from trying. Again and again.
There are colored platforms that spin round, clockwise or anticlockwise, as they get sucked into the hole. I think of these as beams of light. There are gaps between them, and if you inadvertently step into the darkness, you’ll be sucked in much more quickly.
But just as it is impossible to escape from a black hole, so it impossible for your fingers to avoid tapping the ads in this game. You’ll just have to live with it. Psych heated my phone up like a collapsing star, and drained the battery like special relativity was making its clock go faster than mine. But it’s totally worth it.
I could play this game for hours, because it never plays out the same way twice. I feel like most of that is due very small differences in your movements. The funky color schemes you end up with seem to depend on how you move and when and where exactly you fall off.
As you keep trying to escape, spacetime starts warping, and everything goes curvy and bendy. You can end up with a kind of fisheye effect, so that all you can see is your triangle and the very closest platforms of light. The black hole bulges ever closer as everything gets sucked in. Good luck escaping from this one!
The perfect game to test your reaction
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 12 Feb 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Quick and reactive gameplay, the game's visual perspective brings a lot of freshness to the game, fun mechanics that invite you to keep playing
The visuals can be very disorienting, which might not work well for some people, the sharing options are limited to facebook and twitter
A good reaction game is always good fun because you’re always challenged to go further and further. The key is finding the right concept to make it engaging and fun enough to be able to play over and over again. Psycho for Android is a reaction based game that completely nails great gameplay.
So as I’m playing this game, I can’t help but feel like I’m being sucked into a black hole. That’s not a figurative example of how time flew by as I played it, it’s literally how the game is set up. You start at the very eye of this thing that is trying to swallow you up and there are tons of rings you can ‘jump’ to. Jumping to these new rings will move you further away if you continuously jump fast enough, but the rings are being sucked in as well.
As you progress through the various ‘stages’ you’ll notice the game’s tempo increasing and the rings getting smaller and smaller. Jumping into the space sends you much closer to the eye of the storm than you would have otherwise been, so it’s all about timing everything just right.
I found the gameplay to be really compelling even though I was awful at it. I would often have strings of play-throughs where I would barely get started before I was already did, but I just kept wanting to get further and further.
Psych is a really fun game that I spent an abnormal amount of time playing even though I was never really any good at it. I love how the stages are seamless and the difficulty scales with it, and I really enjoy just how easy it is to jump in the game, and its unobtrusive nature when it comes to ads.