Karoshi iPhone Review

Most video games challenge players to avoid death. Karoshi, on the other hand, embraces it. This Japanese word literally translates to "death from overwork", which is apropos, considering the App's stressed out salary man has sacrificed so much time at YoYo Corp that killing himself is the only viable option, but he needs help to get the grisly job done. That, dear reader, is where you come in.

Each of the game's 50 puzzles tasks you with figuring out how to "assist" Mr. Karoshi in his suicidal exploits. Death comes in many forms, from jumping into a spiked pit to wandering too close to explosives, getting electrocuted and even squashed by a giant hammer, sending the poor guy's body parts all over the place.

What makes Karoshi entertaining is the outside the box thinking required to complete a majority of the puzzles. A seemingly obvious solution becomes the first step in starting a chain reaction that leads to something unexpected. Meanwhile, the developers let you restart any time in case you get stuck or accidentally blow something up before putting Mr. Karoshi into position.

It's a fun if not twisted game. We just wish the designers included more than nine in-game achievements. Other than that small and borderline silly issue, Karoshi is a unique puzzle game that also serves as a reminder to never miss vacation time.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

What's Hot: A variety of challenging puzzles, humorous deaths, costs $0.99.

What's Not: Suicidal theme won't be for everyone.