Finnish strategy game with time-stop as game mechanics.
Finnish game designer Jussi-Petteri Kemppainen is back with a new game; Iron Danger. This time we will follow Kipuna – and she starts the game by dying. Brutally. She is spun on a magic stone, which allows her to manipulate time. That way she can rewind and save herself from dying in the future.
The premise is violently simple and it is quickly addictive to lead Kipuna and her assistants on a dangerous mission. We get an isometric view of the game and when you die you can reverse a course of events a certain number of heartbeats. Each heartbeat is 0.5 seconds and thus you can go back to half a second before you were killed and make a new choice. You also have the opportunity later in the game to back and save the lives of your companions.
The strategy will soon be to die, in order to be able to get an overview of the number of enemies and other threats. Show off your “plays” and attack. The whole time manipulation bit you realize pretty quickly is no more unusual or special than just restarting a game, a bit before you die. After all, time stands still in most strategy games, before making a choice. The big difference is that you can spin around the camera and see different possibilities and scenarios and that way and go back and forth in time.
Iron Danger has crazy good looking and cool graphics. I ran the game on PC and really enjoyed using the mouse. You can flip the time with the scroll wheel and spin the camera by holding down the right mouse button. Quickly and smoothly, you have control of the playing field. What I can feel a little is that since there is no way to die (permanently), there is no place when it really becomes a natural pause to end (maybe consciously?).
You never die, simply. There are no problems with temporarily ending life, over and over again. This, ironically, makes it all a bit boring as there are no major efforts. You can run straight into any situation and then just reverse the time. On the other hand, it gets harder and harder and if you are in bad health, it gets really annoying in the end to try to beat a strong enemy, who can withstand a lot of punches and where you can only withstand a single blow. It is important to pay attention to what is in the environment around you and what you can use to eliminate their enemies.
In summary, so be it Iron Danger yet a fun, quirky and smart strategy game that is easy to start with and difficult to put away. It quickly disappears a lot of hours to help Kipuna with her mission. So Iron Danger is definitely worth a recommendation.