TGWK’s Review of “Circus Pain” v1.0 (iOS)

If you’re a fan of physics based games, Circus Pain might be for you. Circus Pain, from develop Ongoz, is a human cannonball game where the object is to launch your little daredevil into the air while trying to get him to land in the net. However, doing that will only “net” you the minimum score. In order to really max out the score, you need to inflict as much damage to your character along the way to gain the gold medal. You do so by bouncing him off walls, obstacles and other objects littered throughout each level.

Circus Pain is unlike other physics based games that have become so popular lately. You don’t have to deal with destroying any bits of the environment or trying to kill any unlikeable animals. Instead, it’s just you and the net. Your only goal is to get your guy to the target by any means necessary. If that means inflicting a little pain along the way, then so be it. Pain is part of the game and the more pain you inflict, the more the crowd will love you. There are obstacles placed in your way as you progress so you must find ways around them to get to the net. You can shoot your character off walls, obstacles, and other objects to reach the net. With each hit, your damage bar will increase and wow the audience.

Controlling Circus Pain is simple. You can drag the canon from left to right at the bottom and you can adjust the angle by dragging left or right above it. To fire, you can adjust the power meter on either the left or right side of the screen and release to fire it. The mechanics are simple enough where players of any age can really just pick Circus Pain up and play it with no problems.

Circus pain is a highly stylized game. It has a real old time circus type feeling to it which fit the game well and the physics engine used is fairly good. The only problem I had with it is that the power meter doesn’t seem to be very consistent between levels. On some levels, the power produced seemed insanely high while on other levels with the same setting, you barely have enough power to get your character to where he needs to go. This makes judging the amount of power you need a bit inconsistent so that would be an area I’d like to see improved. Other than that, Circus Pain is a very fun, challenging game and one that doesn’t require a ton of time with each session. You can play each level at your own pace, but the addictive nature of the game keeps you coming back for more.

Circus Pain is available now in the App Store for $0.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. This is a universal app so one purchase will work for all devices.

Description

COME ONE! COME ALL! To the GREATEST show on EARTH!
SEE – the death defying human cannon ball!
HEAR – the sounds of pain as he bounces off objects and tries to hit his target!
FEEL – bad for the poor guy. Or.. Nah… he knew what he was signing up for right?!

In “Circus Pain” you control the destiny of Igor, a former explosives expert that figured getting shot out of a giant cannon would be a safer choice of job descriptions. Boy was he wrong…

READY! AIM! FIRE!!!!

Make your way through 55 levels of some of the trickiest shots a human cannonball has ever attempted!

Work through 6 worlds from practicing back home on the farm to the cheers and jeers of the fabled MEGADOME!

No PAIN, No Gain! To make the shot you’ll have to get punched, wacked, smacked, zapped, and sometimes even shellacked before hearing the roar of the crowd that makes it all worth it.

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!

[via App Store]

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