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Luke Sidewalker review
Matt Porter

Review

Almost worth the two bucks

A few minutes ago in a city far, far away


Luke Sidewalker is a game about walking along sidewalks in New York, so it would be a decent pun if there was any mention of Star Wars in the game, but thereís not. Itís almost a pun, much like it is almost worth the two bucks you will spend to play it, in the same way that nearly anything is worth two bucks. Itís a game devoid of all but the most basic gameplay mechanics, humour, and design, and it will most likely take me longer to write this review than it took for me to actually finish the seven levels on offer.

Luke Sidewalker is supposed to provide an amusing look at New York and the types of people who live there. A short comic strip gives you the story of each level, with the punchline always being ďoh no, I donít want to go there, thatís where *X stereotype* hangs out!Ē The following level has you walking along the sidewalk, attempting to avoid people and get to the end in the fastest time possible. You will come up against burly dudes who want to fight you, mothers taking their babies for walks in their prams, rats, hipsters, food delivery guys, and a handful of other types of obstacle.

Some will simply get in your way and hinder your progress, others will actually knock you down or backwards. Twice per level you can say ďexcuse me,Ē and people will sort of move out of the way, but not really. You also have a boost meter which is filled up by eating and drinking things people have apparently discarded by the side of the road. There are also vague semblances of puzzles in a couple of the levels to get past certain types of people, but nothing that will keep you stumped for more than a few seconds at a time.

The dark side


I understand there are probably certain types of people in New York who are annoying to passers-by. I get the humour the game is trying to go for. Having never lived there, I donít find it particularly funny. Maybe it will appeal to New Yorkers, but I have a feeling the lack of humour isnít geographically exclusive. Each type of person will have their own voice line, and they will blurt it out whenever you walk past them. The gameís only 30 minutes long, but even after 10 you will have heard them all and already be bored of them. To make matters worse, itís a game about walking in New York and not once did I hear someone yell out: ďAy Iím walkin Ďere!Ē The developers can use that one for free in the sequel.

As for the aesthetics and audio, the game features a pixel art style and repetitive character visuals throughout. Every type of person looks the same, and they all say the same thing. The soundtrack is an odd collection of acapella songs which donít seem to blend with whatís happening on screen at all. It just sounds like the developers had made the music separately at a different time, and then thought ďoh we can just use that for the game.Ē

One positive is that you can walk in dog excrement and people will avoid you for a short time. Not many games make walking in dog poop a good thing, so I applaud it for its originality there. Luke Sidewalker is almost worth that two bucks sitting in your wallet. But you are probably better off using it to buy a terrible hot dog from the stand out on the street.

2.3

fun score

Pros

Stepping in dog poop is beneficial.

Cons

Bad gameplay, repetitive visuals and sound, not funny.