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Flash games are always a good way to kill some time, and it would seem that some of the better and more entertaining ones always involve the brutal murder of stick people. Causality is no exception.
The concept of the game couldn’t be simpler. The player is presented with a group of stick people hard at work (I can assume they’re supposed to be working, since the game is set in an office, a really unsafe construction site, and an army base). It’s the player’s job to make sure that not one of these stick people survive their work day by causing a number of fatal accidents. The deaths in the game go from incredibly simple (guess how you kill the guy standing at the edge of a roof) to complex enough to require a walkthrough (one involves a hard hat, a flushing toilet, and a guy in a sewer). Overall it’s a bloody, brutal, and really satisfying way to kill some time.
There are two major drawbacks to the game. First of all, it’s really short. It’s only three levels long, and one would think that the programmers could come up with countless creative environments in which to unleash all sorts of bloody mayhem. Second of all, some of the solutions to the levels are really obscure. For example, I don’t know how someone stumbling across this game is going to figure out that he or she has to click on two tiny cracks in a ceiling to kill one stick person. Fortunately for gamers who are too impatient to spend ridiculous amounts of time finding the correct solutions to all the levels, there’s a handy walkthrough on the game’s site. In what seems to be a growing trend for walkthroughs for flash puzzle games, the walkthrough for Causality is presented in the form of a series of videos showing the solution to each level. In that way it’s more of a “playthrough” than a walkthrough, but it’s effective. The videos show the best solution for each level in quick playthroughs, and while this gamer missed one step on the second level walkthrough simply because it went by so quickly any experienced gamer should be able to ensure that all the stick people meet gruesome ends in a fairly short order. Besides, the videos that make up the walkthrough may provide some entertainment of their own for those who just want to see some gruesomely funny stick death without having to play the game itself.
Causality is a fun little flash game for those who can appreciate a morbid sense of humor. It is difficult without some help, but for a lot of people that’s the fun of it.