Kids, let me tell you something; it's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Adults would have you believe that you just make sure you're qualified, don't smell, and fill out a few forms and then BAM; employment. But that's a lie. Heck, to get my job here, I had to wrestle my predecessor to the death Star Trek style, which was actually harder than it sounds since my predecessor was a remarkably clever baboon who liked to go for the eyes. My point is, you've gotta be ready for anything, and Nitrome is going to help toughen you up for the world of employment with Office Trap, a modern snarky spin on Knight Trap.
If you want to keep your new job in this arcade platformer, you'll have to survive the Office of Doom, which means getting a certain number of employees to the helicopters at the end of each level. (Remember, there's no "I" in "TEAM"... but... there is a "ME", so... uh, nevermind.) Just use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to run and jump and make your way up through the floors, avoiding all the typical office hazards (like toxic waste, buzz saws, low-res traps, and more) to reach safety. Getting to the helicopter is usually fairly simple, if hazardous, but snagging all the coins and stranded employees to boost your high score (imperative for your performance appraisal I'm sure) is the hard part. If you have a friend you can coerce to the keyboard, you can also indulge in a little multiplayer action.
While Office Trap's gameplay and concept are pretty familiar to anyone who played Knight Trap earlier this year, it avoids feeling like a lot of same ol', same ol' by providing not only a great new design, but a lot of traps and obstacles that are unique to this game. The low-res trap is particularly fiendish, since most everything on a floor becomes virtually unrecogniseable once it's activated. Seeing what else the game decides to throw at you is a great incentive to progress, especially since it's all rendered in Nitrome's signature pixel style. (Death by treadmill fireball incineration was never so cute.) It's still going to be hard to shake the sense of déjÃ -vu if you've played Knight Trap, and some traps are definitely a lot more frustrating than they are entertaining (I DEFY YOU, WATERFALL), but Office Trap has loads of charm and is more of that run-y, jump-y, turn-into-a-skeleton-y action fans will enjoy. Besides, it's important you get toughened up for the real world. If you can't crawl through a deluge, leap over fireballs, and snag the spring-loaded key, how are you ever going to use the copy room?