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Struggling is a mess. While I can't fault the controls themselves, the object physics are just not reliable enough in crucial areas, as the momentum when using some objects is too chaotic to reliably make progress. Unless you have the patience of a saint or an online audience eager to see your reactions as you're battling through, this is probably not the game for you.
Struggling's difficulty and intense nature will have players on the edge of their seats gripping their controller as they helplessly attempt to flop Troy's arms away from danger. Or, if they bring a friend, it will incite some hilarious gaming memories. Struggling is easily an instant classic from Chasing Rats studio, and anyone who is up for a challenging and memorable experience should give this game a whirl.
Constant deaths, relentless levels, control schemes that are difficult to master... Victory in Struggling is a luxury, something that is not easily granted to us and for which we have to fight constantly. Deliberately stripping the player of almost any kind of action carried out not only radically changes the mobility and style employed, but also has a great psychological effect on it. It is precisely here where the greatest charm of the adventure lies, and although sometimes the end does not justify the means, it is a proposal as original and different as frustrating.
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Struggling isn't the first game whose main gimmick is a protagonist who's deliberately difficult to control. Whereas other games do this for comedy effect, though, here it only serves to frustrate. It's difficult enough in single-player, but as a co-op experience you're far more likely to want to slap your friend in the face before you'll high-five them. Success does feel like an accomplishment, but the end rarely justifies the means, making this strictly a game for masochists.