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Genre: Action
Min OS X: 10.4    CPU: Any CPU @ 1300 MHz    RAM: 384 MB    Hard Disk: 400 MB

August 20, 2008 | Andrew Wasilow

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Value is always a difficult thing to assess on any game. Io combines wonderful graphics with intriguing gameplay, and traditional side-scrolling action with a modern game engine that provides the player with an abundance of frustration and a real challenge. On the other hand the small problems with the game, such as the need for a right mouse button, gives io the feel that it had been polished but not nearly to the shine that lives up to the potential of the game. This is not to say that these issues will detract from the overall quality of the game, but may prevent people from paying more than $25 for it. So at the asking price of $13, io is a steal.

Io is also an easy game to play more than once. After I won the game the first time I went back and played it again in order to find all the hidden areas, to see if I would be able to finish without dying or to see if I could finish the game without having to use any cheat codes. Yes there are cheat codes, and just because it is a side scrolling game does not mean that up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, Start is going to work. This is a modern game with a hidden command line console where you can enter the cheat codes or text to bring up your frames per second counter. The exact codes you will have to find on your own, and when you do I whole-heartedly suggest not using any codes and play the game as it was meant to be played. The frustration you feel will be offset by the satisfaction of completing the level on your own.

Overall io is a game worth playing. Worth buying? Yes. Worth paying $13? Absolutely. When you consider that the game is entertaining and frustrating enough to keep you coming back for hours and your thirteen bucks are going to a promising, single man, game developer in India, the thirteen dollars is more than worth it.

• Great Graphics
• Different style of Side-Scrolling Action
• Great AI

• Physical detail could be a bit better
• Controls feel overlooked
• Ripping off Atman Software by only paying $13

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