Viveport Review: Kartong - Death by Cardboard!
Solve puzzles and escape evil creatures in this thrilling first person puzzle adventure.
By Joshua Hawkins, Greenlit Content
The first time I loaded into Kartong – Death by Cardboard! I was taken aback. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the experience, and while I liked the way that the trailer and images presented the game, I didn’t know what to make of the cardboard cutouts that greeted me upon launch. Well, surprise! What I thought might be a cute puzzle adventure soon turned into a horrific and thrilling escape that left me out of breath and thirsting for more.
The goal in Kartong – Death by Cardboard! is simple. All you need to do is make your way around the various levels while avoiding pitfalls like mouse traps, bear traps, and an evil creature that hovers around the level until it spots you, at which point it drops to the ground and gives chase. Along the way you can arm yourself with Needles, Matches, and a Crossbow. You’ll need these tools to disable traps, destroy walls to secret areas, and to slow down the evil being. If you can manage to make it to the end, then you’ll gain access to a new level, where you’ll face the same hellish nightmares once again.
I still can’t shake the sense of dread that filled me the first time I turned a corner to find myself face to face with that evil creature, and the shivers that went down my spine as I tried to escape. It’s a feeling that thrilled me and continues to thrill me each time I set about a new level; I am literally thinking about playing the game as I type this.
The movement system that the developers chose is unique in that it works similar to the teleportation system that we’ve seen in other games. However, this one is basically a path that your character will move, and where you move is important, as you’ll need to skirt around obstacles and traps, especially if you want to keep them in place to stop the creature chasing you.
My favorite thing about Kartong – Death by Cardboard! is that every mistake, every failure, every death feels like it’s my fault—like I’ve missed something along the way. This is something that a lot of puzzle games fail to do, and I think it makes all the difference as you try to navigate the creepy passageways of Kartong. A guilty pleasure, indeed.
Kartong - Death by Cardboard! is available in Viveport Subscription.