|a game by||Mestiez|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown|
|User Rating:||6.4/10 - 131 votes|
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|See also:||Simulator Games, Ragdoll Physics Games, Sandbox Games|
We all have that one person in our lives that we would never get sick of slapping. The kind of person that creates a deep ball of rage deep down within you which you have to use all your might to push back down. Well, what if we told you that there was a fun and visceral way to vent all your rage in a variety of creative and brutal ways without anyone getting hurt. Allow us to introduce you to People Playground.
This game plays rather similarly to games such as Interactive Buddy or Kill Your Boss. It acts as a sandbox death creation kit and allows you to experiment with a number of interesting assets to perform some of the most gruesome acts that you can possibly imagine. The gore may be no more than chunky red pixels but the feelings they make you feel are all too real.
A Glorified Flash Game
Visually, this game is far from impressive for a number of reasons. It would be easy to attack the dated and pixellated art style but that isn’t the issue. It’s the lack of charm or flair that this game approaches this with. When compared to Fez or Uncanny Valley that really nail this art style, it just looks lazy and underwhelming. It serves its purpose and facilitates gameplay but aside from that, it’s presentation is very drab and disappointing.
The only saving grace is the variety of models, items and assets, plus the smooth animations. The player will have access to a cavalcade of interesting things to use throughout the run and each function with smooth animations. This perhaps bumps the visuals up to mediocre but in general, it’s not enough to make this game look like anything more than a well-made flash game.
A Creative Assassin
Where this game really finds it’s niche is through the fun and varied gameplay. There are achievements and tasks for the player to strive for but the real fun is found in experimentation. If you want to test a theory such as can I stick my little guy to the fall with a sharp projectile, or perhaps how many backflips can I do in a tank, you can and that’s where this game really succeeds.
The intricate mechanics that allow you to set up increasingly complex kills are a sight to behold. You’ll have laser sensors, robotic arms, rocket propulsion, atomic bombs and so much more in your arsenal. Which translates to an infinite number of possibilities for the player to create. The replay value for this title is evident immediately and it’s all too easy to find yourself spending hours building crazy killing contraptions.
There is a certain level of vulgarity that does come with this title. While Call of Duty or similar titles will have you kill your foes. At least there is some context for doing so. People Playground fails to do this and is more like playing God and committing mass genocide for fun. We aren’t knocking it but it’s an acquired taste for sure.
1000 Ways To Kill
This game may not be the prettiest game on the market by any stretch. It may not be the most morally correct game either. However, you can’t argue that this game is quite a lot of fun. The sandbox nature of this title and the wide variety of options the player has at their disposal to create intricate kills are commendable.
It’s not a deep game, what you see is what you get but thankfully, what you see is just as awesome and fun as you would expect.
- A wide variety of items and assets to play around with
- Smooth animations
- Surprisingly complex mechanics
- Content is morally suspect.
- Visuals aren’t all that impressive
Download People Playground
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Beyond the Senseless Violence
While physics-based murder sprees might look like People Playground’s only gameplay mechanic, there’s something hidden deeper under that façade of senseless brutality. If we take a moment to look beyond the guts and copious amounts of blood, we will find that the game has a rather complex building system that can escape most player’s gazes.
Indeed, players can build some pretty advanced stuff, going from simple buildings to advanced electrical contraptions. It can also be used to construct some intricate killing machines, as everything in People Playground looks to be a weapon of some sort.
This is partially the reason why the game has such advanced fire and electricity simulations built-in. Some bodies conduct electricity better than others, meaning that players will have to experiment to dispose of their little stickmen figures with more efficiency.
At first glance, the poor stickmen you have to torture in People Playground might look like simple dolls. In any other flash game, these characters would simply be alive or dead, but this game goes a step beyond, featuring an impressive injury system that is as fun as it is sadistic.
The stickmen can survive some hits, leaving them unconscious or bleeding out. Losing blood will make the characters behave differently, causing them to eventually lose consciousness and die. It can be dark, a bit morally reprehensible, but, in the end, that’s just what People Playground is in a nutshell: violent fun in a vacuum.