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Amazing Thief

From the developer of Balls Race, Knife Hit and Fidget Spinner, Ketchapp delivers the illicit art of burglary in all its minimalist glory directly to your favorite Apple and Android device with Amazing Thief. I’ll be covering this from an iPhone but I’m sure it will be similar on Android as well so there should be no discrepancies!

The developer says, “One day, I was woken up by the noise on the street. From my window, I saw a skillful thief jumping on the roofs, from building to building. Police even cannot get near him. He is so fast…”

He must have been talking about the BRONX! That’s the style in our HOOD and we patented the technique although the patent office technically rejected our request due to its questionable legality. Being absolutely sure prior to every burglary spree to dip a Newport menthol slowly into a vial of “good water” (PCP), letting it absorb well and then allowed to dry for a few minutes before sparking it up with a Bic lighter, smoking that DIPPER so we could jump from roof to roof and building to building with superhuman abilities not feeling the pain as we were numb from head to toe!

A lack of recall of events due to extensive PCP-induced anterograde amnesia helped to foil any and all police questioning and to pass even the most sophisticated polygraph machines with total confidence, even those specifically designed for use in solving Bronx-driven crime of the highest order. Utter impunity ensued thereafter and forever more!

It’s not too often that I come across such a basic looking game. I mean, this is something straight up inspired by the likes of Pong back in the 1970s with its ultra simple graphics. There’s not much to see here but really it is yet another complex and irritatingly difficult game cloaked in minimalist simplicity. Don’t be fooled by the simple graphics. It’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination. You may end up destroying your phone or sending hate mail to the developer as a result of playing Amazing Thief. You’ve been forewarned! 🙂

A simple tutorial appears that instructs the user to tap in order to jump and then flip in mid-flight although it must be noted that you can only flip twice once airborne so use those abilities wisely.

The character is surprising realistic in the way it jumps and flips. The way the legs and arms move is stunningly accurate and each fall is in accordance with the laws of gravity and physics. Angular momentum is also represented pretty well which is nice. Accuracy is important, especially when the rest of the graphics are totally boring and very old school.

I have to wonder why this is so popular. Apparently people really like tough games. This is tough as nails as I must time each jump at the right moment – even letting myself fall just a bit before doing a flip or two to come back up and land on the next building. If you have a fear of heights this definitely isn’t for you or the faint of heart.

Here I am free falling after missing my landing point. I had accidentally smacked myself right into a wall. I’m sure that hurt but probably not as those dippers are sure to have numbed me to the third dimension. I probably won’t feel the impact of hitting the ground either (also due to either being unconscious or anesthetized from those DIPPERS, haha). I know I joke about dippers but stay away from drugs and burglary, okay kids?

Sound is a bit abrasive and really hits hard at you but I guess that’s necessary to annoy the living shit out of the gamer or perhaps press them to move on and keep trying again and again, and again. Ugh.

I just wish the sound was less shocking. It reminds me of the annoying and jolting instant message and social media app notifications on my iPhone. I usually mute those as they make me edgy and feel overwhelmed.

I really cannot score more than 3 points. I shit you not and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve tried holding my phone tightly and also in a relaxing and loose way in my hands thinking I could somehow find the key to getting at least 10 percent of the way to the top of the leaderboard but oh well. I told you it’s tough. No matter how hard you try or hold your phone whichever way or whatever finger you try on your display you will keep falling or smacking head on into buildings. It totally blows cheap coke I must say.

Does anyone really believe someone scored 160 points? I wonder if maybe they paid so they could keep continuing instead of starting all over at the beginning. Then again I’m not going to pay to find out. This ain’t worth the two bucks they’re asking for. It’s like this was designed as an afterthought to fill their game portfolio rather than any other concern. I just don’t feel much thought was placed into the game and that’s readily apparent.

Interestingly I saw no ads whatsoever and that could be because I kept dying too soon. Who really knows but that’s nice that there’s no intrusive ads. When a game is annoying that is one thing but factor in excessive ads and it could cause a temper tantrum and destruction of a shiny new iDevice or Samsung Galaxy.

The funny thing about Amazing Thief is the ability to tweet your high scores. LOL! I don’t see the point of adding that to my Twitter feed as I can imagine not only how silly that would look but how many people would either unfollow me or consider me a spam bot and then block me. I’m curious as to why there’s no Facebook connectivity. Perhaps Facebook doesn’t want this garbage on their social network.

So, the only good thing about this game is the way the character was implemented. I mean, the way it runs and jumps realistically. The display is also very responsive to the touch of the finger, so that’s good. Other than that this totally blows.

Abrasive, shocking or jolting sounds, boring 1970s style graphics and an unrealistic leaderboard make me want to delete this from my phone straight away. Ketchapp makes other fine games but this one sucks on many counts.

I thus assign this a measly 2/10. I just don’t see why it’s so popular in the App Store. Perhaps people like nearly impossible gameplay complexity or enjoy beating themselves up. This is definitely for the masochist.

You can feel free though to prove me wrong by actually installing Amazing Thief and leave your comments below to let us know your thoughts.

– Indie Game Critic writer/reviewer from Bronx, NY.

– Indie Game Critic writer/reviewer from Bronx, NY.

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