Quick Look: Take A Slice Out Of Slice HD


***WARNING: This review is not for the squeamish or faint of heart***

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It sounds like the simplest concept in the world.  All you have to do is tap the little red button on the screen.  Easy…right?  OK, well we can make it a bit more challenging.  How about razor sharp blades?  Now you can try tapping that button again, but watch out, hit one of those blades and it is game over…and things are not looking great for that finger you were using, either.  But I think I am getting a bit ahead of myself, so let’s go ahead and back up and take a closer look.

I have pretty much already described the gameplay to you.  Each level consists of one or more buttons which are surrounded or covered by knives, razers, swords, and other sharp instruments.  The buttons will only be revealed when they are completely uncovered.  So, as mentioned, all you have to do is get those knives out of the way and tap the button.  Some knives will move about the screen on their own, while others will sit stationary unless you move it with your finger. 

Be careful though because those blades really are razor sharp.  Hit one on the edge and you will notice it, as your blood (or rather your digitized blood) splatters across the screen.  The effect really is impressive…if not a bit gory.  At times, you almost find yourself jerking your finger away from the screen in that split second before your brain registers the fact that the blades are only digitized images on the screen.  Phew…The developers were really not kidding when they warned, "This is an intense, realistic game, and may be too disturbing for some players."

The only real downside to this game is the lack of replayability.  The game opens to the current level, and you have no choice but to complete that level.  There is no way to skip a  problematic level or or go back and replay a level which you have already completed.  This is a bit frustrating, because if you get stuck on a level, there is nothing you can do, except beat your head against the Slice wall or quite playing.   It would also be nice if each level contained a timer or goal, so you could attempt to beat your previous times, allowing you to replay completed levels time and again.

I do not normally recommend playing with knives.  In this case, however, I am willing to make an exception.  This is a fantastic, fun, and addictive game.  I was particularly impressed by the realistic blood effects which really cam extremely close to tricking your brain into thinking your finger had been cut (no fingers were harmed in the writing of this review.)

Slice HD available from the iTunes App store for iPad for $2.99.

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