If there’s any shortcoming to be found here, it’s perhaps in the game’s insistence on timing each level. There’s great joy in a self-contained experience, and Sunburn’s general tone of comedic desolation and the oxygen mechanic already provide the perfect level of pressure, without the need to chase a high score. As it stands, this is the ideal game to take with you on a plane ride, or curl up with on a weekend, but I can’t see myself returning for the sake of pursuing arbitrary goals.
Overall though, Sunburn! is definitely one of the weirdest and best platforming experiences to be had on iOS. It’s smart, funny, challenging, and pretty sad all at the same time in a way that makes playing it a complete delight.
So maybe it's appropriate that this game has so many imperfections: this game is about making the best of imperfect circumstances, and this game makes the most of itself despite some little flaws. I also eagerly await what the developer, Secret Crush, has next up their sleeves.
Music's great and atmospheric. Controls are simple - big buttons on either side of the screen - and yet the challenges manage to be compelling. Absolutely worth the ticket price for anyone with a penchant for space and deep, dark funnies.
Sunburn! is a nifty game that is a great choice over the tired freemium fest that is the mainstay of the App Store. The puzzles have a ton of variety and I never really felt like I was slogging through the game just to beat it. It was fun to the end, and the witty and darkly humorous story added an atmosphere that so many other puzzle games lack.