Game Info:

Developed by: Far Space Studios
Release Date: May 27, 2014Available on: PC
Genre: Puzzle
Number of Players: 1
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $6.99

Thank you Far Space Studios for sending us this game to review!

There's not much of a story behind the game Hyphen; after all, you're just a rotating hyphen trying to get to the goal as fast as you can.  How exciting of a life can a hyphen have?  While I cannot answer that question, I can tell you how frustrating it is to get the hyphen to its destination.  The levels gradually get harder and even the easy ones are quite challenging to complete in the recommended amount of time.  (You can brag about it on Facebook if you do.) There are thirty six levels in total and a couple of mini games to unlock. 

The controls are relatively simple with the arrow keys to move around and the space bar to set check points.   The shift key slows down movement, but I honestly didn't notice much of a difference when I tried using it.


Strong Points: Challenging gameplay; ability to set your own check points; Tron inspired music and graphics
Weak Points: This game is hard (even on the easy levels!) and may be too hard for some (looks in the mirror)
Moral Warnings: One of the levels is aptly named Stairway to hell

At first the obstacles are reasonably challenging to maneuver the hyphen around, provided your timing and accuracy is spot on.  Sometimes the path to the goal is locked and you have to trigger a switch or acquire a key first.  I highly recommend creating a check point once you complete an objective or approach a challenging obstacle to save time in the likely event that you perish.  And you will.  A LOT.  

Many obstacles fall into the category:“How the heck am I suppose to get past that??!”  The answer again is timing, accuracy, and patience.  Check points help too, but sadly, they are limited.  You get scored on a level on how fast you completed it and by how few, if any, check points were used.  There are up to five stars to be earned on each level.  You can respawn and retry as much as you like.  

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 78%
Gameplay - 15/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 96%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 8/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

And if the obstacles were not tough enough, there are enemies too!  I'm not sure why a harmless spinning hyphen has to get shot at by cannons and blown up by bombs, but it does.  There are magnets too that will slow down your precious movement speed.  Fortunately their range isn't that far.  

The graphics are simple but Tron-like with the neon lit borders.  The background music is composed by Andrew Lloyd and has an electronica feel and it fits well with the Tron theme.  

Hyphen is reasonably priced at $6.99 and there is a demo available which I highly recommend checking out to make sure you like the challenges as much as you think you do.  :)  

Once you decide on getting this game, you may want to see a doctor to make sure your blood pressure is okay.  This game should come with a health warning. While it's not my cup of tea, it is well polished and gives you a sense of accomplishment when clearing a tough obstacle or level.  I didn't get to experience that too much...others will though I'm sure.  

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Cheryl Gress

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