Project: Mayhem(universal) by OneSmartBunny, LLC is one of the most challenging and satisfying puzzle platformers available on iOS. Players control Mayhem, a biologically engineered weapon of mass destruction attempting to escape from his creator. That’s no easy task: players will have to dodge falling spikes, multi-jump over gaps and electricity and time every movement just right to slide through tiny holes.
Players can either choose Adventure mode or Conquest mode. Adventure mode will take players through Mayhem’s story and get harder as the levels progress. Conquest mode is difficult right off the bat and doesn’t really have a structure to it. Players wanting a challenge should start with Adventure mode; players looking to torture themselves should begin with Conquest.
Players can unlock Mayhem Bucks by completing various Game Center achievements, then spend them in the sore on accessories and level skips for now. Gadgets, level packs and more will be unlocked in future updates, the store promises.
One of the best features of Project: Mayhem is the controls editor. The controls can feel funky on some levels, especially when certain jumps are needed. Thankfully, the developers figured this out and made it possible to change the size, shape and colors of all the controls. Use them for just one level and change them back or keep a completely customized layout the entire time.
There’s a few flaws in Project: Mayhem. For one, wall jumping is too difficult to pull off all the time, especially with some of the taller walls. There just doesn’t seem to be any right time to hit the jump button, so it’s guess-and-check each time Mayhem nears the wall. In general, some levels are a tad too difficult early on, which can turn away some casual players pretty quickly.
Imagine how angering it can be to sit in traffic, constantly switching lanes only to see the other lane moving. That’s how the hardest levels of Project: Mayhem will leave players feeling. This is a fun game that any true puzzle fan should try, but don’t be discouraged if it’s too much to handle.