They say life can be hard growing up in the five boroughs of New York. Luckily for our protagonist, a former special ops agent by the name of Chris Knox, he is merely passing through. Unfortunately for him though some shady types have kidnapped his sister and are using her as leverage so they can use Chris’s skills and expertise to perform some heists. The plot may be a little sparse but it is more than enough to set the stage in Heavy Iron Studios’ isometric action puzzler Fat City.
There are 62 levels standing in the way of a lovely family reunion for Chris, and within moments of firing up Fat City you will have learnt the basic game play which sees you completing the levels by planning a route to the job then planning a route to the safe house. As an additional extra, each level also has a Danger Diamond to collect. All this planning is handled either with the touch screen or the left thumb-stick. I favoured the touch screen as it is really responsive, whereas using the thumb-stick seemed unnecessarily fiddly.
It’s not plain sailing though as cops patrol the city and are always on high alert so if you get too close you’ll get busted. This means that as well as all the careful route planning you do, you also have to time the execution of the plan perfectly to avoid the fuzz. As you progress through NYC’s five boroughs, new obstacles are presented such as high speed pursuit vehicles, barricades and checkpoints that only police can pass through. But these are no match for Knox as he has a few gadgets such as a facial scanner to get him out of any tight spots. He even gets by with a little help from his friends. There’s Ace who hacks the alarms faster than I hit the snooze button on my alarm clock. Dali who uses turbo to boost like greased lightning, and finally Fish just gets kicks from blowing shit up. All these gadgets and hired help do make Fat City extremely one sided and easy to complete.
For the trophy hunters out there Fat City has fourteen to grab. It’s a pretty straight forward, quick and easy 100% with trophies awarded for completing all the jobs, using specific items and collecting diamonds. If you miss any of the diamonds when playing the levels you can either dive back into it or revisit later. It all depends on how quick you want the trophies.
Fat City is an interesting little game similar to the likes of Lara Croft Go and Hitman Go but it is a bit on the short side to justify the current price tag. However you should definitely keep it on your radar and grab it if it gets a decent discount.
NelMaNo Rating – 6/10