Boo! Greedy Kid Review
Ever wanted to scare blue-haired ladies, twerk your butt, and score wads of cash? Flying Oak Games’ new title Boo! Greedy Kid checks all of these essential boxes, but does their tribute to Elevator Action play well?
Boo! Greedy Kid Review
The protagonist (if he could even be called that of Boo! Greedy Kid is a little brat who is dying for some soda. After not getting some cash for a drink, he scares the elderly to get some much needed dough for the vending machine. What follows are 100 levels that see him traversing different buildings, scaring every old folk in sight. It’s a simple premise, but the colorful sprite work and the high amount of frames per animation make this one really stand out. Everybody has a lively, animated look to it – it’s easy to see that a fair amount of work went into designing its world.
To get past each level, every last senior must be scared stiff. Doing this is simple – simply get behind them and either hit the scare button or yell into your computer mic. A dodge roll with i-frames is available, as is the ability to hide behind select objects and enter through different doors. A designated mooning button is also available, one that will send any and all characters into an enraged frenzy.
However, a number of things stand between you and victory. Some take multiple scares to take down, forcing players to dodge their angry outbursts. There are also nurses that can revive fallen seniors. Other obstacles, like police officers, SWAT team members, and even Robocop can force you to lose health. This is a game of planning – one needs to figure out what to do when, and then use their quick reflexes to get ahead.
Successfully completing a level and reaching the elevator to the next floor can often be done in less than a minute, but its three star scoring system that factors in time and money will have completionists seeking out the perfect run. There are some cheap shots in the game, with some areas set up to intentionally trap and one-shot the player. However, the amount of trial and error plays fair for the most part.
The entirety of Boo! Greedy Kid is shorter than you may think, but Steam Workshop support is available. Repetition does set in a little bit, but its bite-sized setup makes it easy to play in short bursts.
Boo! Greedy Kid is the perfect game for speedrunners, puzzle fan aficionados, or those that like a little bit of humor in their games. The 100 levels start to run together after a while, but its pick-up-and-play nature makes it the perfect title to jump into when you’ve got a second to play.