To be fair, it’s deserving of far greater accolades, and is available now for both angels (iPhone/iPad) and demons (Android) alike. iDevice users can expect to pay 69p/£1.49, while you typically thrifty Android owners can install it for free.
The immediately striking thing about Miseria is the black and white presentation, bringing to mind the excellent Limbo and the also great BADLAND. However, Miseria plays like neither of those, recalling instead Baby Nom Nom (which, I should say, landed after Ratjar’s effort).
What’s happened is, see, Lurk the urchin has been kidnapped by the “terrifying, cold-hearted” spider Grunzel, and Miseria tasks us with guiding Lurk through 80 levels in order to reunite him with his love.
In terms of controls, a single tap left or right spins the level 45 degrees, and we’re essentially rolling Lurk to the end of each.
Of course, those 80 levels are packed with hazards, including a one-eyed flying thing and razors; make contact with either of those and it’s Game Over. Ditto if you happen to fall off into the arms of the seven-eyed spider Grunzel. She’s always waiting.
The other feature of note in Miseria is teleportation, with pairs of swirly portals moving Lurk around. Oh, and there are springs scattered throughout too, though they often do more harm than good, perhaps being strategically placed beneath hazards.
And that’s about the size of Miseria. I managed to blast through it in around a couple of hours, though there’s a modicum of replay value if you can be bothered going back and getting three stars in each level.
Joseph Sowrey’s original soundtrack probably deserves a mention too, with the app recommending headphones for the full effect.
Gripes? Nothing in particular. The difficulty curve is a little skewed; you might find yourself replaying a level dozens of times, only to ace the next one, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing – as far as sanity goes.
- Black and white visuals
- The soundtrack
- Relatively interesting spinny concept
- Quite short
- A little samey, perhaps
- Could use more hazardy things
Summary: Miseria is an interesting black and white puzzler that invites you to spin Lurk the urchin through 80 hazardous levels. Pretty good.
Developer: Ratjar Games
Requirements (iPhone/iPod): Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Requirements (HD): Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Requirements (Android): Varies with device