You hopefully like a challenge, because Wave Wave is an outright onslaught on any gaming skill you think you have. It’s a fast paced arcade action game where you control a line that moves up and down at sharp angles like the stock market. You simply tap to rise, release to fall with everything moving at break neck speeds. There are obstacles everywhere, and your goal is just try to get that rhythm of weaving through blockades. The base game is relatively simple as you just need to rise, and fall through a series of triangles, but every other aspect of the game amplifies the difficulty by a factor of 100 on that base beginning.
Wave Wave is the type of game where you last a few seconds at best, and you better be prepared to crash time, and time again. The best part of the game is quite honestly the quick restart button so you’re back at it almost instantaneously after you die. A lot of people became enthralled by Flappy Bird due to its so-called difficulty, but Wave Wave makes it look like child’s play. Games don’t have to be poorly designed to be challenging, and instead they can be finely crafted experiences where every line of code goes into making you feel frustrated, and overwhelmed. Even though there’s such challenge, the game offers such an intriguing idea, and quick paced set-up that it’s easy to just keep jamming the restart button.
At times, it can feel like you will have absolutely no control at all over what’s happening on screen, but once you nail a run, you will be hooked. Wave Wave goes to the next level by offering five different game modes, six levels of difficulty, and 25 single player levels. It could just be a simple endless challenge, but instead there’s a variety of modes to play to keep things fresh, and the challenge high. The normal gameplay of weaving through triangles is tough enough, but soon you’re introduced to spinning camera angles, perspective shifts, floating obstacles, and different obstacle layouts to keep you consistently crashing. The entire experience is delivered through an ornate 2D art scape mixed with all kinds of colors that flash, and shake as you go to fit with a thumping soundtrack. You can sometimes get lost with the nearly seizure inducing effects.
Wave Wave ($2.99, Universal) isn’t a game for everyone, but if you like being slapped in the face by a game, then there isn’t one better on iOS making it a should buy if you like challenge.