If you are one of the guys who enjoy lightening speed games, then you surely need to try Barrier X. This might just be the fastest game you ever played. Created by Pink Apps, Barrier X combines the uber fast gameplay along with reinvented 80’s gaming style. All you need to do is trust your instincts and execute ninja-speed stealth actions with accuracy to keep progressing through the levels.
• Game Play:
Barrier X is a 3D endless runner game that relies on a simplistic structure to dole out high level of excitement and engagement to the gamers. That simple premise is just the addition of the bizarre speed rate at which you pass through all the twists and turns that may probably end up zoning you out in a parallel space and time in your head. All you can do is hold onto your seat and trust your reflexes to not let the game get the better of you. So let’s see how this game really works.
The game imbibes a 3D design interface and you are a mere light flying machine that zooms its way through the track at a speed that will get you dizzy. The paper plane is aptly chosen as a euphemism to signify the lightness that defies the very concept of gravity and lets you zoom at a pace which will have even the experienced pilots succumb to its pressure. Sudden twists and turns on the track add both fun and thrill as you need to swiftly change to the oncoming direction at the matching speed. Your one and only goal in this game is to avoid barriers that appear out of nowhere in the form of bright shiny white columns. These obstructions almost feel smashed right in your face at the zooming ever-increasing speed in the dark contrast background. If you can dodge left or right at the right time without feeling too twitchy, then you will be able to survive through the game for some time before crashing. But oh! You will crash, no matter how good you are and that is the exciting element of the game. The timer at the centre accompanying the plane can also be a little distracting, especially when it time-and-again cheers you with slogans like ‘Speed Up’ or ‘Be Ready’. The old rustic minimalistic gaming style is brushed up and pepped up with snazzy colours and exhilarating Speed to deliver a pulsating game like Barrier X.
Such speed runner games are generally measured in seconds. And the beauty of Barrier X is that it relies on increasing speed. You would notice the difference in the speed every 15 seconds and you have just about 30 seconds of the gameplay before you unlock the next mode. The game is so confident with its entire structure being tightly knit to make it virtually impossible to nail it in first few trails, that even the time threshold to cross a level is kept very low.
Barrier X is split into seven distinct endless levels and Pink Apps manages to keep each of these levels as exciting as the other if not more. Each level maintains the overall game style and adds one more type of obstacle to tackle along with increased speed.
• Graphics and Control:
Did we mention the reinvented 80’s style? Well, that’s what the design and interface represents. Minimalistic, single-task focused and simple yet very inviting. Barrier X imbibes all these qualities in true spirit. The graphics are as simple as gaming premise without much of the background clutter. All you can see is the plane dashing through the sharp bendy and changing track as it zooms out with all the obstacles to tackle. The background colour is deep, dark with neon contrast and the distant yellow hues light the mountain edges which almost feel like it’s sunset or sunrise.
One-touch controls feel almost butter-smooth to operate. The no-brainer left and right swipes are pretty easy to use as well. Your ability is rather defined by swift action and accurate timely execution of these controls in the game. The heart-thumping electronic trance soundtrack is just spellbinding and it compels you to just get engrossed in the game. Also, the second-person over-the-shoulder camera angles swiftly adapt as you turn to keep up with the speeding track, which makes the whole view and experience all the more exciting.
Remember the Snake game in the early-age phone devices or even the brick game in the little more evolved models? Barrier X is pretty similar to the mindless gameplay of these games. But at the same time it packs the glitzy up-do of today to spin a twist, be it the design interface or the jet-set speed it relies on. With the steadfast supersonic speed, Barrier X offers an intense gaming experience that is both enjoyable and addictive. We bet that once you start playing it, you would get hooked onto it.