Nonstop Chuck Norris – Chuck Norris Versus Memes

May 22, 2017
Action

Nonstop Chuck Norris is the sort of game that could only exist in a world of memes. Memes are not simply inspiration for Nonstop Chuck Norris, they are the entire basis for it. Badluck Brian is an image on an achievement. A Lulcat piloting a giant mech is one the boss characters. You “create” Chuck Norris facts by completing challenges. Yeah, this is… an interesting one.

The game’s main hook is that Nonstop Chuck Norris is not here to be played by you. You are here to be played by a Chuck Norris videogame. Or rather, the game plays itself, save for some special abilities you can whip out. That sounds weird doesn’t it? Realistically Nonstop Chuck Norris could just be a goofy acid trip of an action-RPG in the vein of Deathspank, but instead it chooses to combine that with the idle tapping of, well, an idle game. Save for grinding and using your abilities, Chuck Norris basically does all the work for you. Which means you can definitely play the game anywhere, but there’s the question of how much input you’re genuinely giving.

From a purely sensory experience, it’s fine. The music’s peppy, the animations are decent, and there’s enough visual variety to keep stages a little distinctive. The jokes on various items are funny – like when you get a sombrero, you’re informed it’s a hat that protects the sun from Chuck Norris’ light. If you like this sort of humor, and especially if you are a fan of Chuck Norris, this game might be your bag. Those wanting a deeper experience will be disappointed though.

nonstop1Since Norris is completely autonomous, maximizing his skills is more a matter of luck than strategy. There is a remarkable amount of progression you can delve into, with multiple abilities to unlock and use, and it’s also impressively not freemium heavy. There is a premium currency but you can earn it through playing the game, and it didn’t seem useful for anything other than speeding up the process of earning coins. In a game that’s already so easy, why would you even want that? I plowed through twenty stages in my first go, and that was in less than thirty minutes. Whenever you do want to shake things up, there’s a new game plus feature where you jump through rifts that reset your gear but keeps your core stats. This allows for a little more challenge, but the game is still very much on auto-pilot. Given how hands off the game is, you could theoretically let Chuck Norris go hog wild on enemies while you do whatever.

If you're the sort of person who enjoys a game in the idle games genre, but wants a smidge more meat to the experience than other titles, Nonstop Chuck Norris isn't a terrible option.

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys a game in the idle games genre, but wants a smidge more meat to the experience than other titles, Nonstop Chuck Norris isn’t a terrible option. Those who want a mobile action-RPG on the go might not be quite as satisfied though, even with the famous Chuck Norris’ kung-fu skills on display. I suppose it’s fitting though. Chuck Norris doesn’t star in games to please you – he stars in games for you to please him.

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Elijah Beahm

Elijah is a man who can't stop talking about games, geeky things, and to the chagrin of his colleagues, horrible puns. He's been working as a game journalist for several years now, and in addition to Appolicious, His other work can be found at GameCritics.com, I Need Diverse Games, and The Unabridged Gamer on YouTube. When not reviewing games, you'll probably find him ranting on Twitter, writing, or replaying Dead Space 2 for the zillionth time.

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