Rip Them Off Review
From the developers of Swim Out, comes Rip Them Off, yet another interesting puzzle game with its own unique theme.
Lozange Lab had me quite hooked onto my screen with their last game Swim Out but I cannot say the same for their newest title.
Rip Them Off’s theme plays very much around the whole concept of capitalism with you being the one that is trying to make the most money out of abusing the consumer’s need to buy stuff again and again. To explain it in a much simpler way though, the game plays around you placing different kinds of shops on the various locations available in each level. Each level has very specific spots that you can place shops and the consumers all follow specific paths so you can always expect how things will play out.
This all sounds amazing and makes for a very interesting puzzle mechanic where you need to constantly try out different kinds of shops to try and reach the money goal set by the upper management. However, despite the vast amount of variety there is for shops and the many different stages that offer all sorts of challenging situations to take on, the game is far too difficult and becomes tiring really fast. Unlike the studio’s previous title where some of the stages could sometimes be solved with less moves than what you were given, Rip Them Off leaves you no breathing room to make mistakes.
It took me about an hour or so to tackle just the first few levels of the game and despite constantly trying and really believing I am going to get the hang of the game soon enough, I honestly just felt like it wasn’t really fun in any way. This constant fail and retry gameplay just made me tired and forced me to quit. I even came back to the game and checked up online to see if anyone has made a walkthrough for it, but even the person that started making videos on how to finish the game, eventually quit it because they couldn’t figure out the perfect solution needed for the third stage in the game.
Watching the customers go through your shops in fast forward mode is quite satisfying though. The first thirty minutes of the game where you are still learning how to combine shops and milk the consumers in the best possible way are actually really fun and I had a blast trying to think of ways to max out points (money in this case).
The fact the game sets such high goals for completing a stage though means that you won’t get to see much of the game’s content. This is quite unfortunate considering this seemed like a fun little puzzle title to pass time with. The writing in the game is quite cool as well with all sorts of fancy corporate talk before and after every stage that helps you immerse into the game and its theme. I would suggest the title to any puzzle loves if any of the puzzles were actually fun to solve but this is unfortunately not the case.
Maybe that’s why the game is called Rip Them Off, because that is what you get when you buy it? Maybe, it’s just a nod to how some products’ only purpose is to rip us off. Maybe this game just proved to me how dumb I am and how I cannot play puzzle games. I just hope Lozange Labs either fixes their insane requirements for passing levels or they just learn from this and make another fun puzzle game in the future.
Should you want to give this game a try for yourself though and prove me wrong, then you can find Rip Them Off on Steam.
You can watch the game’s trailer here.
~Constantine “Kelfecil” Christakis
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