Day 277: Hurdle Turtle

Posted: 2011/08/15 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #277, and today’s game is “Hurdle Turtle”.

Not every game has to be a huge RPG or a deep shooter to be enjoyable, and Hurdle Turtle is a refreshing re-visiting of an era when gameplay was surpreme, rather than how many bullet points you can manage to list on the back of the game’s box. Hurdle Turtle is from Holmade Games, who made “Pixel Whirled” which I enjoyed back on Day 252.

First, from the developer (Holmade Games):

“”Slow and steady wins the race?” That’s for chumps! For this turtle, it’s all about pure speed and sweet spin jumps! Compete in the ultimate hurdle challenge solo, or take it on with a buddy for some intense multiplayer action in this survival marathon of madness! Modeled after the games of yesteryear, this is the second entry in the Holmade Games 8-Bit Series.”

The game is a forced scroller, where it’s constantly going towards the right. I can’t think of many/any games from “back in the day” like that, despite the retro look of the game, aside from some of the events in Decathlon, and Epyx’s Summer Games and Winter Games titles. If any readers know of one, please sound off in the comments.

As you scroll to the right you have to avoid walls and hurdle over lower obstacles. And did I mention the dinosaurs and other wildlife in your path? I’ve played a few games like this, including XBLIG title Tank Run which I wanted to like and was strangely compelling despite/because of it’s cheesy/catchy hair metal soundtrack. This game adds some of the things I wish Tank Run had, such as different ways to get over/around different obstacles and co-op for two players to try and “out hurdle” each other. Unlike Tank Run, you don’t suffer one-hit kills, either. (I should note that the author of Tank Run has continued to update it post launch, I do continue to find it strangely compelling, and I may yet break down and purchase it as it is a game I keep coming back to play the demo of).

Hurdle Turtle succeeds at being an enjoyable 80 Microsoft Point romp, and I particularly recommend it for those who enjoyed the simple twitch gaming pleasures of Decathlon and any Epyx title with “Games” in the title.

Click here to download “Hurdle Turtle”, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.



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