The Finger is Worth a Couple Words with Helping Hand Download
It was John Donne who famously said, “No man is an island/Entire of itself” pointing out the interconnected nature of mankind and the need for compassion to confront the hardships of life (and death.)
Helping Hand Game Download by Ben Crooks attempts to refute this poetic claim with an exacerbation of the chasm of language.
You’ve Suffered A Terrible Fate
The game concerns our nameless victim of a terrible car accident. Every bone in their body has been broken except his left hand, and his only means of communicating is with six hand gestures.
By pressing the first four number keys and spacebar the player puts down any number of fingers to make the peace sign, okay gesture, and thumbs down. You can also point, flip the bird or throw up your devil horns for varied reactions from your visitors.
The player interacts with their doctor and cranky nurse, as well as their mother, a priest and the man who hit them with his truck. The goal of the game seems to be to merely survive in the face of the absurd over-reactions of those attending the wounded.
Surviving Your Recovery
The game is entirely plot driven. The player only has say when the visitors have asked a question, in light purple font, which needs to be addressed.
In the current incarnation of the game, the player needs only to hold down the keys to make the okay sign, and one instance where you must point to press a button, to “beat” the game.
Repeating any other gesture will result in an unpredictably irrational reaction from the visitor, usually resulting in death. Even your own absent-minded mother can be pushed to the brink of throttling you in your hospital bed.
The text moves at a leisurely, which prolongs the game more than it needs too, for there is no option to speed up the conversations you’ve already encountered in previous play troughs.
The animation is crude even the standard of mid-2000’s Flash games, and the sequence of the various character’s arrivals and exits drag on. If your goal is to experience all the varied reactions you can induce with your free phalanges then you’ll have a fun time systematically sampling the possibilities.
Healing Takes Time
It must be noted that the game is in early development, and the team working on it promise an expansive storyline of which this free demo is only a small portion.
The concept is clever, interactive and hilarious so if the mechanics behind the NPCs becomes more dynamic and responsive the game will have legs.
As it is, the game is a bit disempowering and when the gulf of intelligibility is made so vast and the reactions so formulaic what’s left is a laborious guess-and-check experience which appeals mostly to the stubborn, masochistic perfectionists.
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