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Average User Score: 6.9Feb 27, 2012You might remember a time in some video game you've played where the game had managed to figure out your maximum skill output and forced youYou might remember a time in some video game you've played where the game had managed to figure out your maximum skill output and forced you to keep yourself there, hovering just a hair's breadth from impossible, and the concentration required to keep going forced you to empty your mind, forget who are or that you even exist. Maybe that time was during the last level of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, or some Zen mind-state you conjured in a Halo match, or the Destroy Them All level of Gunstar Heroes. Whatever it was, whether you succeeded or failed, when you snapped out of it your heart was probably pounding like you had been running flat-out for 5 minutes. Maybe you had an adrenaline rush, maybe you had to stop for a bit and lie down. Wouldn't it be cool to experience that again?
It turns out There's An App For That. The app is a game called Ziggurat. Ziggurat wants you to feel like that all the time, it is precision-engineered by mad scientists to put you in that state of mind every time you play. Unlike some other iOS games it never goes too far, it never makes itself impossible. It gently lowers you over the edge of a cliff but never pushes you, it's up to you to never let go. It never distracts you from what you're there for, either. All the achievements are things you want to do anyway. There are no unlockables or coin shops or micro-transactions. The only progression is feeling that bicep between your ears bulge and swell as your skills improve, your repertoire of tactics and tricks growing as you discover the game's intricate nuances, and the light fading in the background as you press on.
Ziggurat is the best one dollar you will spend this year, if not ever.… Expand