What is it with squares, all gettin' trapped in deadly mazes and whatnot? You'll never see a triangle in such a pickle, tell you that much. Or a circle. They're too well rounded. But, well, I never could turn my back on a shape in need, and so I'm going to have to ask you to lend a hand in Shape Shape, a physics game of avoidance designed to test your skills and your patience. Also possibly your ability to invent new and colourful ways to express your displeasure with spike pits.
The aim is to guide your square to the exit in each level with your cursor. Clicking near him will generate a pulse that pushes him away, so you'll need to balance speed with dexterity as you try to maneuver him through mazes filled with all manner of unpleasantness. Each level has awards presented for collecting all the stars, staying away from the wall, not battering your square around, beating the par time, or just completing the stage without dying. So while a bull-in-a-china-shop approach may work simply to get you through the game, you're going to need patience and a light touch to achieve total domination. Or just the warm feeling of a job well done. Whichever. Of course, when it comes to Shape Shape, some of us stink stink more than others, so it's nice to be able to see the end of the game, even if you can't be bothered to get through a level without smashing your square against every surface you can find.
Especially considering how tricky the later levels can get. The simple, cheerful design takes a lot of the sting out of your occasional failure, however. Watch out for the different expressions your square flashes you depending on how well you're doing... or how close you nudge it towards those spikes. Hey, square. Don't look at me like that. You brought this on yourself when you decided to enter the maze of spikes, death, and unreasonable time constraints.
While the ultra-finicky fine-tuned reflexes required to get all the awards for each level might turn some people off, Shape Shape is still a great little game that fits neatly into your coffee break, right next to the report you should be working on and your strawberry danish. Spending five dollars will net you the "full version", which gives you access to an editor to create your own levels of despair and play those created by other people, but the free levels offered are still a fun and challenging experience, if a little on the short side.
Cheers to Zbeeblebrox for the sending this one in!