AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity

Reviewed by Tap on Mar 20, 2011
Rating
3/5
(Good.)
Game Overview
Publisher:
Dejobaan Games, LLC
Developer:
Dejobaan Games, LLC
Release Date:
September 3, 2009
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Windows
Mac
Requirements: 
3D card with 128MB video memory, DirectX 9.0c support.

First and foremost, "AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity" (RD4G) is not as fun as it seems in the trailer. Few games ever are. However, while this game is not for everyone, it packs a lot of fun into a very cheap package.

Before we get into anything else, the game has a slow, casual pace, so it may not appeal to hardcore gamers. The levels are very short, and the graphics are very simple. That said, it runs very fast on a Core2Duo 1.8Ghz processor, and it does not require much of your video card. For an indie game, I think the performance level is great.

user created imageThe game is funny. I found myself chuckling at many jokes hidden within the levels. One of my favorite things to do is go back through levels and spot funny posters and other hidden goodies. The level selection menu jokes around a lot, too. There are plenty of laughs to be had with this game!

The game is all about falling off buildings and platforms and avoiding obstacles until you reach the end of the level. At that point, you try to parachute and land right at the correct spot and nowhere else. As long as you have a shred of gaming talent, this should be an easy game. Otherwise, you'll be bouncing back and forth between walls a lot, but you might still enjoy the game.

user created imageThe controls are extremely simple, but that does not mean the controls are easy to master. It takes a few minutes of practice to get familiar with movement speed and how the obscene gestures and thumb-up gestures work, but the game eases you into everything. The first level is a snore. The next few levels introduce a few new features, so they are good, and finally, you make your way to the more interesting and more challenging levels. Each level takes about 2-5 minutes to get through. You will want to play through some levels many times, while other levels are very boring, and some levels are too challenging to get through on the first try, but you will mostly play levels over again to try to get higher scores and compete with the other players on the highscores lists.

Overall, I think the gameplay is pretty basic and not worthy of a hardcore gamer's attention. I do, however, enjoy the game when I lack a lot of time and just want some quick, 2-minute fun. It really is a great casual game.

If you want to give the game a try, it only costs $9.99 on Steam, and you may find it cheaper during a sale. For $10, you really don't risk much, and I think it is worth the price. Let me know what you think by posting a comment!

PC When we refer to PC, we mean personal computers, so be sure you read what operating systems support this game. Currently, we review games for Mac, Windows, Linux, and DOS.

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Just be careful when buying PC games. Read reviews carefully. If a game gets a 1/5, don't buy it. If your PC is a cheapie, don't expect modern 3d games to work. Read the system requirements very carefully. If you don't know anything about your system, you can find help in the PC Stuff forum.
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