Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading.
In this explanatory review, we’re covering Super Adventure Hand by developer DevM Games:
Super Adventure Hand (The Explanation)
If you have ever wanted to play as the disembodied hand, Thing, from The Adams Family in a videogame then Super Adventure Hand has you covered. You begin your adventure in an animated scene in the woods where you are beaten up by some feet and lose your arm. If none of that makes any sense that is ok, as it doesn’t really matter to the narrative of the game as a whole.
After the cut scene you jump into level after level where you navigate as a hand where your fingers do the walking. You must maneuver yourself around individual levels jumping over pits of lava, collecting thimbles, flicking boxes out of your way, and grabbing onto cords to plug in. Each level ends with you grabbing the floating coffee mug.
I am almost certain by this point in my write-up, that you are still as confused as I was while playing Super Adventure Hand, but trust me when I say, play it. The game is comprised of small levels where you have various objectives, where reaching the end of the level is the main goal. Along the way you might need to grab keys and put them in keyholes, press switches to form new bridges across ravines, and more.
You navigate your hand with the left stick but can rotate on your fingers by using the right stick. There is a jump button and a flick button. The flick is used to knock stuff out of the way. Timing your jumps and finger crawling through the world requires precision. There were a few too many times when I found myself falling into the abyss or getting caught on fire.
A few levels into Super Adventure Hand you will receive a watch. This watch keeps track of the time you spend on each level, and reaching the goal in less time unlocks the replayability of the game for time chasers. It’s unclear to me how beating the levels in less time or finding all the thimbles rewards you, but I am sure people who want to collect everything would enjoy the game.
Super Adventure Hand is simplistic in its gameplay but challenges the player in terms of agility and speed in which they navigate the maps. There are plenty of pits to overcome, fire to avoid, and lava pits to fall into. Being a completionist and a time chaser will please those who want to “git gud” at the game. Super Adventure Hand is a great indie addition to your platforming game library and fits like a glove on the Nintendo Switch.
Super Adventure Hand (The Gameplay)
Developer: DevM Games
Publisher: DevM Games
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Platformer, Action Puzzle, Arcade
No. of Players: 1 (Single System)
Release Date: NA/EU: September 21, 2023
File Size: 231 MB