MoneySeize is a platform game of the ridiculously difficult variety. You play Sir Reginald MoneySeize and your goal is to collect 1000 gold coins so you can build the world’s largest tower. Getting these coins isn’t easy as they are scattered about in fifty plus rooms filled with traps, enemies, and perilous jumps that will challenge even the most adept of platform players.
What makes MoneySeize so good? Lots of things really. The controllers are fast and loose, but responsive like a finely tuned sports car. As such, once you’ve acclimated yourself to the gameplay, it hardly feels like you’re even using your hands but instead controlling little MoneySeize with your mind. This is handy considering that the levels are viciously difficult and often times collecting all the coins will have you relying more on muscle memory than anything else.
Yes, you’ll die, and die often. There will be rooms in which you will rack up deaths in the hundreds before you’ve cleared out all of the coins. But what really makes this such a delicious challenge is that many concessions have been made to allow the player to take this game at his or her own pace.
First, you are granted access to several rooms at a time as opposed to being forced to play all the levels in order. This means that if one particular level is frustrating you to no end, you can take a break by playing another level that will frustrate you to know end and have you pining for the last room that was making you pull your hair out.
Second, as long as you make it to a room’s exit alive, you can save your progress for that room. That means you get to tackle rooms at your own pace. If you’re a platforming god, you can feel free to scoop up most or all the coins in a level in one shot. If you’re like the rest of us, you can nickel and dime your way through a level until it’s finished.
The ultimate effect is that MoneySeize at first looks impossible, but you eventually come to realize that if you just stick with it long enough, you can overcome. Now, I’m not suggesting you may not want to throw your laptop or keyboard through a window from time to time, but the rest of the time you give to MoneySeize will be time well spent.