Sometimes all it takes to arouse our frontal lobes is a name that makes us stop and think. That's certainly the case with The Man with the Invisible Trousers, a title so curious we had to stop in and set up shop. Thankfully, the gameplay matches the title and we found it a rather enjoyable little experience.
As the title might suggest, you play a man with no pants, or rather, with invisible pants. He may not even be wearing pants for all we know. Regardless, that's not the point. Actually, that has nothing to do with the game at all, save perhaps for the fact the programmers didn't feel like programming pants, so they instead made a game about a guy with invisible ones.
Anyway, where were we? Right, the game -- it's a puzzle platformer with a slice of wit. Nothing worthy of a Nobel prize, but probably enough to make you chuckle now and again -- the wit that is, not the platformer part; that'll make you wonder why you're so god damn stupid. You play as a detective who is trying to solve a murder, and to do so, you have to run through a variety of puzzling rooms for no apparent reason. Each room is a set screen with it's own twists and turns that you have to solve to get to the exit door.
It's all based on a rather strange blend of physics that takes a little while to get used to; in fact, you'll probably miss an obvious solution if you don't pay close attention to how each individual curvature and block works. It's not exactly enough to force you into ripping out your own hair, but you certainly won't be wont for brain cells throughout the ten minutes you'll spend with the game.
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It's not exactly anything new -- we've seen these types of physics-puzzler-platformers before -- but still, it's a nice exercise in keeping your brain from turning flaccid because you're not using it enough. The story is humorous, nonsense and hardly memorable, but it's still worth keeping up with for the short spurts of dialogue you'll be subjected to.
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The Man with the Invisible Trousers