Do you remember when everything was cake that one time? Well, this is essentially ‘everything is cake: the game’, albeit with an ASMR twist.
How does that work, exactly? Let’s find out together!
Many thanks to the publisher for the review code.
SENSUAL SOUNDS OF SLICING
If there’s one thing that can be said about ASMR Slicing, it’s that its title does exactly what it says on the tin. Taking control of a knife hovering sinisterly above various objects, the objective is simply to tap and hold the button to slice effortlessly through whatever is below. Regardless of how hard the object is, or whether it’s even a solid or liquid, you’ll peel away each one like warm ham. It’s a neat visual effect most of the time as you see what lays within, although it can feel like a cheap cop-out whenever you get one with a shiny rainbow inside.
Whilst there’s no real aim to the game, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s completely aimless. Each object has its own challenge for you to overcome; most of which consist of simply slicing the object multiple times, but there are some more interesting ones scattered about. I was particularly fond of cutting portions onto moving plates, but there are a couple of neat ones available. They’re all really easy and I never failed a single time, but I at least appreciate that they made the effort to give you a reason to actually play through each stage.
As for the ASMR part, the sounds are pleasingly tied to the knives themselves as the rest of the game is in complete silence. Your starting knife is as straightforward as they come, and you’ll quickly tire of the noise, but you can unlock and purchase further blades that all offer different audio effects. Whilst many players will likely gravitate towards buying the lightsaber, I found myself opting to use the guillotine most of the time during my (very) short playthrough.
What’s particularly sad to see, aside from the simplicity and length of the title, is that the game is also rather unpolished from a technical standpoint. I encountered various bugs throughout my playthrough, predominantly relating to the game’s auto-progression failing to work in various ways. Nothing game-breaking for sure, but given how little there is to the game, it’s a shame that it didn’t come out of the gate in a more functional state.
Honestly, ASMR Slicing barely classifies as a game. The challenges included are so simple that you very rarely need to even think about what you’re doing. That being said, it’s hard to deny that it can be a rather relaxing experience in short bursts – even if you’ll probably have everything done in less than half an hour.