If the App Store has taught us anything, it’s that simple games can be surprisingly complex. 1001 Attempts is the latest endless high score game, and all you do is flip gravity for your character to jump between the top and bottom of the screen. While you’re jumping you’re trying to collect hearts, and there are also missiles, lasers, spikes, saw blades, and other obstacles to avoid. The game is along the lines of Tilt To Live, GeoSpark, Fireball SE, FlipShip, Half-Inch Heist, and other “one more time” style games with a simple mechanic that is deceptively intricate.
1001 Attempts is all about non-stop action with always some new type of obstacle flying in from every angle. At the same time, you want to keep moving to collect hearts, and boost your score. It would seem so simple with just left/right, and jump, but with obstacles coming in from every side of the screen, you always need to be on the lookout before any move. The longer you last, the more intense the obstacles become with multiple missiles firing across, with double laser beams, and floating death.
There might not be the most depth in 1001 Attempts, but it does a perfect job of keeping you coming back to better your own score, and challenge your friends’ scores. The obstacles are always randomly generated, and there seems to be an ever changing difficulty curve depending on your performance, and it seems the heavy action gets started earlier after big scores. The game also doesn’t suffer from a slow ramp up to the action heavy nature of the game, which others in the genre fail from. The main drawback is that the game is just begging for a different game mode to keep it that much fresher. There are great stylized retro graphics and music to further encapsulate the hectic arcade action, and that includes deluxe particle effects. One extra neat bonus, is that the game leaves remnants of each place you die, and they continue to pile up each time you play.
1001 Attempts ($0.99, Universal) nails the “one more time” attitude of the genre to keep you coming back to the action packed game that is relatively the same each time you play. 1001 Attempts is worth picking up for some hectic fun above all else.