The world of hockey can be thrilling but dangerous. In Agony Hockey by Fat Loser Dads, however, it’s not only dangerous for the players but it’s also just as dangerous for the paramedics called in to help.
Concept and Functionality
The gameplay of Agony Hockey is about as simple as it gets. You play a hockey player taking penalty shots while paramedics cart off injured players off the field, conveniently blocking your path as they do.
Each tap sends the puck flying toward the goal and the trick is to time it between injured players so that you actually land it in the goal.
You have a limited amount of time to snap each shot toward the goal and it takes a few seconds for your player to reset and ready another shot.
If the timer elapses, it’s game over. This means one errant shot that collides with a player instead can easily cost you the game. The injured players are brought in and taken out of the screen with no particular pattern, so knowing whether or not to take a given shot is a pretty even mix of timing and luck.
Unfortunately, this is where Agony Hockey falls flat. That’s literally all there is to this game, so aside from the hockey-themed wrapper, the game may as well be a variant of Pong.
Agony Hockey is a fun game with a cool retro style that will test your concentration and reflexes.
That being said, we’d like to see this game evolve a bit, whether that’s through different types of shots, different obstacles, different goals, powerups or challenges, or some combination of any of those.
The stand-out feature of Agony Hockey is the retro 8-bit design. Pixel design is all the rage these days and that is certainly the case here.
Agony Hockey looks and sounds as if you popped in a cartridge into a vintage system and pressed “start.” Both the backgrounds and the characters that are brought in and out of the screen match this retro pixelated style to great effect.
The game could stand to use background music and we could easily see a chiptune sports-style soundtrack working to great effect in this game.
Agony Hockey will no doubt entertain you, but likely only for a short amount of time. Without some variations, powerups, and overall serious upgrades, we don’t see how this game will hold anyone’s attention for very long.
If you’re looking for a quick timewaster between subway stops, or if you’re particularly addicted to hockey this game is a good fit, give it a try.
Agony Hockey requires Android 2.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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