It's not easy being cheesy in this Super Meat Boy inspired platformer.
Hicham Allaoui's CheeseMan is a well-made and fun homage to Team Meat's Super Meat Boy. In fact, it has that developer's blessing, as the loveable pile of ground beef (or is it chicken?) makes a surprise cameo.
To that end, this 2D game features similar play, as you guide the heroic CheeseMan (or his main squeeze, Cheesette) through 42 treacherous levels to defeat the evil Professor Mousky.
Doing this involves running from point A to point B in each level as quickly as possible, grabbing what appear to be onions (many of which are hidden) along the way.
If only it were easy. CheeseMan and his lovely counterpart must navigate past saw blades, avoid spikes and dodge cannon balls. Get hit once, just one time, and the hero croaks, forcing you to restart from the beginning of the stage.
It's quite maddening, especially when deaths hit unbelievable numbers. Sometimes, we put the game down in frustration, vowing to never play again, only to pick it back up moments later. Why? Because it does such an good job capturing that hardcore, Meat Boy style experience. Not only that, but the game also stars a piece of cheese with razor sharp teeth. What's not to like?
OK, so the game has some issues, starting with a noticeable lack of iPad support. Blowing the game up 2X works well enough, but reaching the right/left arrows can be problematic. Not only that, but the game looks mighty pixelated on Apple's tablet.
Still, Cheeseman's one of the App Store's coolest new characters, while the addictive play (just one more time) should keep you hooked. Serve with a fine Swiss and enjoy.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: Cheesy hero, 42 stages, infinite lives, Meat Boy cameo, leaderboards, $0.99.
What's Not: No universal iPad support, controls can be a pain.