The video game is now available Struggling on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and we have reviewed it in Cinemascomics.
Struggling recently announced its launch on last generation game consoles, on September 8, after it was released for PC and Nintendo Switch in August 2020. Taking advantage of its launch now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we have analyzed this original Chasing Rats and Frontier Foundry game.
Frontier Foundry, Frontier’s indie video game brand, has released Struggling, a new 2D platformer title from Chasing Rats, which they describe as “anarchic” and that can already be acquired digitally. In the game we will control Troy, a grotesque hybrid formed by the deformed heads of Hector and Achilles, being a laboratory experiment that went wrong, and instead of being a perfect human a deformed and repulsive being emerged, with two heads joined from the that only two arms come out, where each one of the arms is controlled independently by Hector and Achilles.
After a brief introduction that puts us in the field, we go on to control the sinister creature, a grotesque and repulsive being that only knows how to scream, and that to advance on the screen must crawl on the ground. To do this, we will have to move the arms and coordinate them with each other, combining the triggers and the direction controls (analog) to grab and drag. In this way, from the beginning we already have the first great difficulty of the game: moving. Thus, the game from the beginning is telling you that if its grotesque design and its scenarios full of images with pieces of meat, eyes, blood and other entrails is not for all palates, the fact that the main difficulty of the game is already not the enemies or solving the puzzles, but advancing through the stage itself, causes Struggling have a very small niche of players that you are targeting.
What’s more, Struggling It is also a cooperative platform game, since it has physics-based gameplay and can be played by two players at the same time. However, there are not two characters, but each player will have to control one of the arms of this monster, which will cause this epic adventure in search of the legendary Abominable Gods to make it even more complicated (or fun and interesting, depending of each player). During the development of the game, as we progress through different 2D platform screens full of obstacles and traps that will make overcoming puzzles or the coordination ability of the Trojan arms is paramount, we will have to flee from rabid rats (with deafening screeches), driving a motorcycle or even having to cross acid puddles or pools full of waste, among many more misadventures. Horror, laughter and despair are assured.
All this without forgetting that, as usual, as we advance in this story of about six hours (or much more, it depends on your clumsiness or ability to coordinate and overcome puzzles and obstacles), we will have a progression of the character , where as we successfully overcome the levels we will see our feat rewarded with new abilities, which will make it easier (or even simply possible) to overcome the scenarios, such as being able to regenerate the limbs, slow down time or grab on to any part of the game. Map.
In this way, Chasing Rats gives us a difficult game, that you love or hate, that in the line of complicated games and not suitable for any player, such as Dark Souls, will test the patience and skills of the players, with a simple theme and basic gameplay but can be extremely painful (especially for the screaming protagonist, who has his own scream button). Therefore, the basic mechanics will be to learn to move, and once controlled that will be easier to advance through the stage, thus managing to avoid obstacles or flee from the rats that flood the screen and that will devour you if they reach you.
In short, Struggling is a traditional 2D platform game, with cartoon settings (very varied and colorful) that match the theme and design of the protagonist. Everything in the game is grotesque, starting with the fact that the greatest difficulty of the game is learning to move, coordinating both arms to drag yourself across the stage; which is complicated in the cooperative mode, where each player controls an arm and it is more difficult to advance if possible. For all these reasons, Struggling is a very original game but not for all palates, since its black humor and fun lie in the player’s own patience, who has to be prepared to suffer (and enjoy doing it). Of course, those who like extremely complicated games and that passing them is a challenge (giving them the same, and even pleasure, dying constantly), will enjoy the madness in which the creation of Chasing Rats immerses you.