Hanger, the browser release from A Small Game that's all about swinging ropes and broken body parts, has made its way to iPhone, and it's just as outrageously arcadey as ever. If you've played Hanger 2 or Hanger 2: Endless Level Pack, you'll know exactly what to expect in this wild romp through twisty terrain, as the mobile version takes the best from those releases, remixes it a little bit, and tosses you loose to see what you can do. Expect to see a lot of severed legs and game over screens before you get a decent score in this game!
Hanger's premise revolves around swinging on a rope to see how far you can travel through different caves or how efficiently you can make it to the exit. Using the arrows on the left to control your swing, get some momentum going, then tap the button the right to clear your rope, cutting you loose for a few moments. When you're ready, tap the button again to attach a new rope, timing it just right so your swing continues and you don't graze the ceiling or floor. If you smack into a solid object too hard, you're liable to lose a limb or two. You can swing as long as you've got an arm, torso and a head, which is quite a feat if you think about it, but in general it's always better to keep your body intact. Good advice for real life, too!
The iPhone version of Hanger is a true mixture of the browser releases, including endless levels and the traditional goal-based stages. The layouts often vary, though, and other new elements have been added as well, such as achievements and high scores via Game Center. It's an inexpensive and often wildly surreal game that will give you hours upon hours of enjoyment. And remember: if you don't play Hanger, it probably means you're one of those people who hates bubble baths and thinks ice cream should only be eaten on special occasions...
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on an iPad. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.