Getting Over It with Bennet Foddy? Bennet Foddy?! Oh god… This is going to be “fun”! The developer of such marvels as QWOP and GIRP is experiencing a comeback with another viral game! For the past month, my YouTube recommended section has been full of let’s players screaming at this game, which is entertaining and all, but is it actually worth playing?
About the Madman
Bennett Foddy is an odd developer whose work is quite hard to review, since his creations do not exactly fit the common idea of a pc game. Foddy’s work follows a rather unique an experimental niche. His games do not attempt to be visually impressive, nor does he aim for enjoyable gameplay. On the contrary, Bennett Foddy takes pleasure in frustrating the player to the point of a mental breakdown. The motivation remains unknown. Does he hate his fans? Is this a conspiracy to destroy all keyboards in the world? We may never find out. Yet, it let to Foddy to success and quite a name recognition, so it is no wonder why Getting Over It follows the formula.
The game is best described as a climbing game, since its goal is, well… climbing a mountain… in a cauldron, with a hammer… As is his tradition, the game is controlled in the most awkward way possible. This time, rather than exploiting the outer regions of the keyboard, Foddy goes for simpler option of mouse flicking. So, by flicking my mouse, I have embarked on the journey to the top of the mountain. Before expanding on the gameplay itself, I must mention the graphical design and soundtrack, which are both well above Foddy’s standards and look quite impressive considering his genre. The game looks great and the atmosphere and tone are spot on.
Experiencing the Torture
I struggle with the description of the gameplay, since its mechanics are laughably simple, yet the experience is unique. Throughout the voyage, I was constantly frustrated and under immense stress. The game punishes you for every mistake, to the point where you may end up erasing an hour or more of your progress. It is brutal, yet for the challenge seeking folks, it is as cocaine. To quote Bennett Foddy, it is: “A game made for a certain kind of person. To hurt them.”