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Buttonized by AmazingPeter
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Buttonized is a neat little platformer in a neat little package. Though it's a little lacking in originality and even more lacking in depth, it's still a pretty enjoyable little game - so long as you don't expect too much from it.

There isn't much in the way of storyline in this game. You're a little white square who has been trapped in a dungeon. As you might expect, your goal is to get out of this dungeon. To do so, you must navigate through twenty or so one-room levels, containing typical puzzle-platformer obstacles, like spikes, falling blocks, lava, and shooting lasers. In each room, you must press a series of buttons to open a door while avoiding said obstacles - but you've got to be a little careful, because the buttons pop back up after a little while. Every few levels, the game autosaves. The game mechanics are good, though the speed with which the character moves can complicate even simple jumps until you get used to it. The game's got a nice difficulty curve, and it's neither too frustrating nor too long to play through in a single sitting. Level design is probably the game's strongest point. Like the rest of the game, it's not exactly brilliant, for the most part, and it seems to get a little chaotic toward the end, but there are a few inspired moments. Overall, the gameplay is solid, but nothing special.

The graphics are very simple. I don't think that's a bad thing, per se; I actually kind of like them, as they're very clean. However, they're nothing to go on about; mostly just lines and simple shapes. The sound is about the same. There are a few simple sound effects, and they get the job done. The music consists of one very short MIDI loop, which gets annoying after a while, though it's not too bad. Though neither the graphics nor the sound are very special, the game's presentation, overall, is very good, at least in the indie world. The game didn't have any spelling or grammatical errors that I could find, and the menus and information screens are quirky and easy to navigate (though, ironically, if you can't figure out the game's controls, you also can't access the information screen, because on the main menu you control your character and access different options by jumping on buttons). It's all quite nicely done, even if all it does is make a good first impression; mother always said those were important.

So it's not exactly a work of genius. But it's well enough done that, if you consider its filesize and how bored you probably are right now, it might still be worthwhile.

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Comments (Add your own):
2007.10.04 Iceofsweden
Rating: 6

At least it has a timer on the buttons so u can't like wait an hour untill you take the other.
BUT it was frustrating also.
6/10
2007.06.15 miky
Rating: 8

Nice game, except it could have been better. It gets annoying sometimes, like how there isn't variable jumping. It's pretty good.
2007.06.07 AmazingPeter
Rating: 10

Thanks for the review.
I know the game isn't the best, and to be honest I had no idea there would be a review on it until I stumbled onto the site today. I do agree with many of the comments you made, though the sequel 'Buttonized 2: Lexipixel's Revenge' has recently been completed and coincidentally does compensate many of the downsides of the original.
In short, it wasn't supposed to be a great work of art anyway, so don't think I'm one of those noobs who throws a couple jpgs in his game and thinks he's a genius.
Cheers.
2007.06.05 DeathMasterGames
Rating: 6

Didn't take long to beat. Some levels were very frustrating, and it reminded me of Jumper. All in all, it wasn't a bad game. The graphics were simple, but nicely polished, and it never glitched on me. The start menu was surprising, and the tutorial was well done, although you didn't need to explain anything really. The final boss was way too easy, but it's still a good game. Just a little short. Add a story, maybe change the background once in a while, and add some cool music, and it would be better.
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