Tater is a game about a potato. That's right, a potato. A potato in
a maze. Sounds fascinating, doesn't it? However, much like the Shinra
Corporation, Bill Clinton, and Sesame Street, the fluffy exterior conceals
a dank hell the dreams of Heironimus Bosch would wet themselves at.
is SPUD. His favorite hobbies include getting lost in the woods, competing
in trap-filled track meets against other vegetables, and poetry. SPUD
also seems to be more than a little autistic as, when you don't force
him in a specific direction, he happily sits there and bounces up and
down. Also, take note that he looks more like a smiling, perky rabbit
dropping than an actual POTATO.
is really an interesting little game. Unlike most you- are- a- hapless-
vegetable- in- a- maze games, there's nothing trying to kill you. There's
a timer, but there are no time LIMITS or any sort of reward/punishment
for taking too long. You can reset or backstep as much as you want.
And there are really only two obstacles per se: rotating blocks and
blocks you can shove around. The 'shove' blocks go into holes most of
the time (make the obvious "Yeah, I've got some holes for you to
shove blocks into" comment here) and the rotating doors serve the
same purpose in this game as they do in real life. To get in your way
when you're in a hurry. A rotating door at Mid-Ohio Con kept me disoriented
for a good 20 minutes as people kept shoving it in random directions.
Ever wonder how your laundry feels?
puzzles are harder than they'd seem, especially if you've got other
things on your mind. I'm always devising new methods of making myself
two dimensional or Sailor Jupiter three dimensional. Or creating a giant
robot given only common household items. The fact is, helping a potato
get to a little flag is probably about the least of my concerns. It's
down there with sorting my recycling and giving Captain Novolin his
thing that gets me, is that a competition of sorts is even IMPLIED,
yet you never have to beat anyone. You're alone in the world, SPUD.
You are a rock- You are an is~land...
the highest difficulty, you're faced with the challenge of getting past
satirical vegetarian "Weird Al" Yankovic. I wish.