Pressured is a unique and intense number puzzler. Hit your targets to unlock pieces of the dark story, all told via the poetry of Nicholas Gordon. Created by Paul Marrable With music from Matt Mcfarland.
User reviews: Mixed (240 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 18, 2014
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"Nice cheap little puzzler game! Will test your reflexes makes you realise just how good you really are at math!"

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February 6

Ideas for a sequel?

So I've decided to make a sequel to pressured and I need your help.

If you have any ideas that you think would make pressured a better game please let me know.

I've started a forum post here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/292620/discussions/0/612823460260840585/

Any feedback would be awesome :)

Thanks,

Paul

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Reviews

“Get the game! It’s phenomenal.”
4.5/5 – Press Start To Begin

“Let me tell you, it's ADDICTING!”
Metallman's Reverie

“Pressured is the best kind of puzzle game”
B+ – 30 Plus Gamer

Feature List

-Easy to learn but hard to master gameplay
-3 levels of difficulty to unlock
-Works great with touch screen monitors or with a mouse
-Simple pick up and play mechanics
-Intriguing dark story told through unlocked poems
-Includes Steam trading cards

About This Game

Pressured is a unique and intense number puzzler. Hit your targets to unlock pieces of the dark story, all told via the poetry of Nicholas Gordon.
You'll need a combination of quick thinking and sharp reflexes if you don't want to succumb to the pressure.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 1.1 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
73 of 92 people (79%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
i can't read half of what's in this monstrosity. it's supposed to be about quickly identifying numbers and i can't read the most important ones because the developer is apparently a man stuck in the year 1997 designing angelfire websites with illegible fonts and interface elements that he thinks he looks stylish
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52 of 69 people (75%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Free flash game, silly to be trying to charge money for this.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Game sucks. Bad music. Bad choice of lettering and poorly filled in letters and numbers to boot. Crappy background. Plot is unintelligable at the start and good luck getting to any more of it.

So the over all feel of the game is. Anoyed by music, squinting at numbers you can't quite see; all while the game quickly pressures you out of time. It's the opposite of fun.
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27 of 39 people (69%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I was hoping for a math-related puzzle game.

I got an extremely fast-paced arithmetic exercise that would not have been out of place in my second-grade math class. While I suppose this does technically fit the above criteria, it was certainly not what I was looking for.
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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Pressured is some sort of math game in which you have to click numbers on screens which change rapidly, if that makes any sense. So if your goal is 13 you have to press the screen with 5 and then maybe a 7 and then a screen with 1. Some screens carry bombs or x2.... you get the picture, I hope. I suppose the game is good for people who like to become fast in math but for a game I think the idea is a bit too simple.
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33 of 56 people (59%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Solid proof that when you are pressured, you are suddenly good at math.
So carry on doing your caffeine-induced homework frenzy at 3AM the morning on the day it is due.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
I really like this game! It has a lot of negative reviews because I think people coudn't beat the game. It requires you to think and uses simplistic math and logic in your choices while working against the clock. It takes more than a couple times through the sequence to get the hang of it. It has 14 unlocks and 3 different modes of play. I unlocked normal mode so far and only have 2 unlocks so far and haven't unlocked the story mode. It's on steam sale right now for 29 cents and has trading cards! See if you can beat it!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
This is one of the most frustrating puzzle games I have ever played. The numbers you need to select to sum up to reach a given amount move so fast that, even on easy, you'll find some hell of a challenge.

For 90% off, it was not a big deal, as the game has cards that, once sold, pratically paid the game. I had to turn off the in-game music after a couple of seconds (very annoying), and got tired of it fast, so I uninstalled it after getting the 3 cards. Buy only if you want a real challenge, don't mind the lack of polish, and don't expect a lot.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
worth negative money
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game is interesting in a puzzle sense, but it is not remotely aesthetically pleasing or even polished. A better version of this game could be programmed in your browser, look better, and not cost any money.
You click cards to total to a predefined sum, gaining points by reaching that sum and not going over. It is not uncommon, however, for the game simply to not give you that card you need to reach the sum. For example, if the sum is 10, and you currently have 9 points, there will be no 1-point cards.

It's a neat concept for a game, but you're better off buying pretty much any other puzzle game. If you're going to spend money on a Steam puzzler, get one with decent graphics that doesn't look like it was made in some high school intro-to-programming class.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
For this price, I cannot complain much when the idea of the game has been satisfactorily presented. And this game is fine. The font is a bit odd as well as the theme color. but it's still tolerable. One flaw concerning the gameplay is that when you add up to just 1 less than the target with your sum (e.g. target is 45, you have already 44), there is nearly NO number 1 appearing (I have to say 'nearly' coz I've not been playing long). As the clock ticking, considering the fact that redoing the whole adding up would cause even more time, I normally decide to wait. And the 1 NEVER shows up!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
It doesn't lie about what the game is about, but I wouldn't recommend it at all. You essentially click the numbers and add them up to another number within a time limit.

I'd rather play with a calculater.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Even at 29 cents I feel ripped off.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
nice..
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Pressured, as far as i can tell is simply this: it's a dynamic sodoku puzzle in which the numbers are always changing. You add them to a sum by clicking on the numbers you need, but heres the catch: there's a dynamic time limit... one that changes with every mistake and success you make and it takes the form of a "pressure bar" which is on the right side. Very steampunk. The unlockables in this game consist of 15 bits of story and the two difficulties beyond easy. I would reccomend this game if you like having to do split second addition problems or you are just looking for a frustrating puzzle game.
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12 of 24 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Pressured is are simple but "brain wake up" game.
I recommend.

Pressured - простая игра-головоломка.
Отлично подходит для того, чтобы размять мозги.
Рекомендую.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_5zTeG1DiI&list=UU9_Civkljde-7lCKybnP1TQ
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
This game definitely apppeals to the mathematician in me, and while I have said I recommend this game, I only do so to those who have: a logical mind, a mathematical mind, a person who enjoys puzzles or a person who wants to improve any of the previous points.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
At least cards can make up for this s...
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
Pressured is a clever little indie puzzle game by Paul Marrable. I really like it, even though it makes me feel like an idiot sometimes [most the time], especially when the pressure meter starts shaking and I start panic-clicking and failing. (DONT PANIC)

The base concept is actually pretty neat. There are "TV" Screens you need to click on that have numbers on them. Each level has a randomly generated target number that you need to get to a certain number of times (Let's say the number is 10). You can do 4+6, 9+1, 5+4+1, etc. But be careful, the screens rotate pretty quick, and the more clicks you take, the more points it takes away from you in the end. The higher the level is, the higher the number is, and the less time you have (or the more time I spend thinking, I'm not sure).

A couple tips-
*Read the tips at the bottom of the main screen. I didn't, jumped right into the gameplay and immediately failed. Like, read the tutorial.
*Speaking of, The tutorial is immensely helpful. And even so, you still may take a few tries before you get the hang of it.
*A few levels into easy, and you'll unlock normal.
*If your score is misbehaving and you need to reset it, you can click a bomb. I've noticed that this likes to push all the TV panels to lower numbers too.
*The unlocks are meant to be read in order, but are not unlocked in order.
*I find for the first level if the sum is greater than 10 it always seems to be a bit more of a struggle, and makes the ensuing levels a little more difficult. If it is 10 or less that first level is a breeze.
*If you find yourself still struggling, head back to easy for practice, the timer is more forgiving, but the TV screens seem to go the same rate.
*The longer you play, the more number associations you make, and the better you get.

I think the poetry unlocks that create a story are a nice addition, and give you something to strive for instead of just a high score. It makes Pressured more than 'just a puzzle game'. I think it's quirky, and has unique qualities that make it stand out. I recommend Pressured and say it is worth the price point, on sale or not. Also, that song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day...week...year... ><
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
As someone who is not very quick on their feet with the maths, you'd think I would hate an experience like this - but that is absolutely not the case. The music, the art, and the general vibe all come together to form something very special (and the unlocks are just the icing on an already very tasty cake).

Something interesting developed as I played - I got to see what sort of numbers, or sums, I was more mentally inclined to "solve", and which ones I tended to have a harder time with. It's a rare treat that you get to play a game that shows you exactly how your brain is wired in certain ways. So, you could also look at this as a chance to improve something mentally - to raise your own average by tackling something you might not be so good at - and that is AWESOME.

This game is a steal for the price of a coffee drink, and unlike said beverage, you get to keep this forever and ever!
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