A few years back, we played a brilliant game called Stick It To The Man. It was brilliant, bizarre and bonkers and if I could demand a sequel for a game it would be high on my list. But thanks to the super talented people at Zoink, I’ve got the next best thing. Flipping Death is their new one, and it tows that perfect line of being different enough to Stick It To The Man that it’s great in its own right, but it’s similar enough that you will be in heaven here if you liked that game. Or maybe you’ll be in the land of the dead. Either way, welcome to Flipping Death…
You play as Penny, and unfortunately after an accident you are dead. Not only that, but you’ve suddenly acquired a new job – as Death! You can now flip between the land of the living and the land of the dead to solve puzzles and complete the game’s 7 chapters. Now there’s so much to compliment here I hardly know where to start. For starters, the art style is utterly magical. Imagine Tim Burton meets children’s pop up books and you’re somewhere in the right area, but honestly you really need to see it for yourself. Then there’s the gameplay – here you can possess the living and control all their limbs, getting them to do what you need them to to progress. And like Stick It To The Man, you can also read their minds and act as an inner voice, encouraging them to do things for you. It never gets old too, because the characters in Flipping Death are simply magnificent. There are so many that I absolutely loved. There’s the little girl who eats through rocks, the crazy dentist, the alien with the funniest voice I’ve ever heard…the list goes on. And speaking of the voice acting, I can’t stress enough how good it is. It really is some of the best I’ve heard, and accompanied by the game’s hilarious script and story, it’s safe to say that Flipping Death is one of the most creative and inventive games I’ve played for years.
Ironically in a game about Death, you can’t actually die. So platforming is fairly light and stress free. There is some going back and forth, but environments are never too big, and you have a map for reference, as well as being able to teleport to specific characters. A huge positive as well is the game’s hint system in the pause menu. You are simply given a handful of hints in the form of pictures, and I really loved this. It does a brilliant job of pointing you in the right direction but not flat out giving you the answer. It keeps frustration at a minimum but keeps you on your toes too.
All in all Flipping Death is a game that needs to be seen and heard with your own eyes and ears, because there’s not a review that can do it justice. It’s beautiful, hilarious, insane and borderline genius and it’s a testament to Zoink Games’ that they could make something as great as Stick It To The Man and totally eclipse it in every way with Flipping Death. Pardon the pun, but Flipping Death really is out of this world.
Flipping Death is so good that it’s literally a matter of life and death. Take a dance with Death, you won’t regret it.
Punk rating: 9/10