Cheap Shot: Imp or Oaf

Imp or Oaf may genuinely be the finest game ever produced on the subject of classifying ugly people as a specific type of ugly person. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I want to be able to ruthlessly classify weird-looking people,” but have been constantly frustrated by your lack of video gaming options, your search ends today.

In Imp or Oaf the player is shown a series of pictures of cartoon characters that are either an “Imp” or an “Oaf”. It’s your job to guess which. At first the camera is very zoomed in, and it’s difficult to decipher what you’re looking at. But by tapping the screen, the camera zooms out and you can get a better view of the full creature. Doing this deducts from your score, though, so the goal is to correctly identify the “Imp or Oaf” while zooming out as little as possible.

So which is it, punk?

It’s about as simple a game as could possibly be made, but there are a number of little touches that make it a little more of a full package. The art style, to begin with, is a very good fit for the subject. All of the characters are pretty absurd, so you’ll never feel too much like you’re insulting real people. And beyond that, it’s just a very fun, silly visual aesthetic.

The music as well is wonderful. There’s even a custom song made for this game that plays during the tutorial that explains how to play the game. Several times we actually went back to the help screen just to listen to the song.

It’s far from complex, but it’s fun for what it is.

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