The Game Tutor Grades Press X to not Die

The FMV genre has seen a bit of a resurgence over the last few years with the excellent Her Story and Contradiction both standing as head runners of the new age of FMV gaming. Enter Press X to Not Die a relatively short interactive movie FMV game that tries to stand up in a still relatively uncrowded genre.

At only £2.79 going in I was not expecting Casablanca but what I did get was a fun interactive movie with some silly humour and fun references that I enjoyed playing through twice. The game sees you advance through the movie pressing button presses in order to advance the story (think Dragon’s Lair) While X is a common button a decent selection of buttons are used ranging from X to Q to R to mouse buttons. In fact this game is actually harder on the PC than it was when released on Xbox a while ago.

The game is very self-aware about its shortcoming and the nature of the genre and is full of cheesy one liners and self-referential humour. In fact without spoiling too much the idea of the game is brought very much into the game’s over the top ridiculous plot. The time you get to input the commands is adjusted by the difficulty level you choose and the game’s score is given based on how well you do at these points.

The dialogue of the game changes depending on choices you make or how well you complete each section. Deaths and choices are often referred back to by the game’s actors such as chastising you for being a pervert or remarking how many times you have already died. It’s a nice touch that makes you feel like your choices do in some way matter amidst of what is by its very nature a linear game.

The game takes about 30 minutes to complete but for only £2.79 I enjoyed my time with the game and look forward to its sequel.