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Granny Smith Makers Cave Into Difficulty Complaints, New Update Makes Space Levels Much Easier

Over the weekend, an update to Granny Smith (my game of the year) introduced 12 new space-themed levels. The increased difficulty from the original set to these new levels was immediately noticed, causing a flood of negative comments to hit the game’s Play store listing. People were apparently disappointed in the idea that the game wouldn’t be a cake walk any longer and that they would actually have to master the game in order to beat it. But I digress. 

This morning, the makers of the game released an update that dumbs down all of the new space levels, putting them on par with the original set. The little boy is now much slower, wires have been extended from places that they were previously tough to reach, and some obstacles have changed to make for easier landing and less exact timing. Take the picture above as an example. You can see that the rock containing an apple on the 7th level is now double the size, but also includes a ramp should you miss it short.

For those of you who beat the original space levels with 3 apples, props. For those that complained, well, you win.

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  • triumphtriple

    In the first world, you could miss a jump but just scoot along on the bottom slowly and get back in the game, you just wouldn’t get any apples. It made it easy for the people that didn’t care about doing a good job, and still kept the difficulty for those of us who wanted to be perfect!
    I wish they had stuck with this approach in the space world…

  • BTLS

    This game has definitely taken a chunk of my life over the last week, since I saw the last post about it on here… Damn you guys and your good game hunting!

  • http://twitter.com/kanagadeepan Kanaga Deepan N

    Yes… I was about to downgrade from a 5* to 3* on app review, all due to its ridiculous difficulty.. Well, they are smart…

  • JMonkeYJ

    I totally agree with Kellex this is super lame. Good thing I still have the old one on my N7 since I was still working on getting 3 apples on the space levels

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Bitch because its to hard and then they will bitch when they blow through the new levels quickly.

  • http://twitter.com/Scott_B_Smith Scott Smith

    Titanium Backup to the rescue again! Granny Smith auto-updated on me to the easier levels, but I just restored my last backup to get the harder version back. I’ve actually been enjoying the additional challenge of these levels.

  • Cgmartin33

    Pussies…I took Kellens advice and bought it last night. I blew through the first three areas in about an hour and thought it was going to be a fun but short game…then the space levels started. I have gone through three courses with 3 apples and this sh¡t is hard! But at least it will last for a few days. No update for me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenny.schefer Kenny Schefer

    Wow. I regretted purchasing this game because I had it beaten with all apples in less than an hour. WAYYYY too easy, and I admit it kinda made me look down on the general population for raving about such a mind-numbingly simple game. Learn to face a challange people.

  • Droid_Junky

    Well that sucks. I flew through the first levels. The first two levels of the space update has kept me busy for several days now.

  • EC8CH

    Granny Smith…. for Pusses

  • baniels

    What a bunch of girls. Just install GameCIH to slow the game speed down and win like a real man.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Wow…this is pretty sad. If you think these levels are hard, play any of the Ninja Gaiden games…you’ll be REALLY hurting then. Freakin’ babies. Seriously.

    • marcusmaximus04

      Or Dark Souls. And just cry.

      • duoexo

        Or Dark Souls NG+

    • Droid_Junky

      The impossible Game drove me crazy for weeks until I just gave up. Fun game though.

    • teleclimber

      I agree. the levels were kind of hard, but that made them interesting. I found the first worlds to be way too easy. No challenge === no fun.

    • balthuszar

      the impossible game was a free app of the day when amazon first started the free app of the day thing…i love that game, and even beat it using flags…can’t get it without using flags though…

  • Dustin Foreman

    This is stupid. Just because you suck at a game doesn’t mean they should make it easier. I beat the space levels before they made them easier but I was glad to see that they were more challenging. I thought the other worlds were too easy.

  • Jon

    what would people do if games were as difficult as they were in the NES era? Where beating a game was a gigantic friggen accomplishment.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pdenson Paul Denson

    Lame… it took perseverance, but I was slowly making it through the solar system. Three apples at a time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaeldbaptiste Mike Baptiste

    I’m just glad my competitive nature kicked and and made me complete all of the new levels with 3 apples before this “update.” I agree with some who suggested there should be a different set of levels for those of us that liked the challenge.

    Sidenote: I was so addicted to this game that I went back and played the old levels over and over and over and over until the new levels were available, so I was ready for the challenge seeing as I had so much practice. I can see someone who just completed the old levels being shocked by the difficulty bump in the new ones.

  • TuckandRoll84

    I’m going to be bummed if I get home and my N7 has automatically updated it. I had two space levels left and have 3 apples on all I’ve done so far. If you want a fun hard game get Bike Race and try for three stars on all the levels.

  • Tom Fox

    the fact that people rate a game poorly because they are bad at it is mind blowing to me… if mine hasn’t done it yet I’m going to turn the auto update off… I wish they would leave the difficult levels as a setting/option but that doesn’t mean i’m going to say they are doing a bad job if they don’t…. come on people, grow up

    • Tom Fox

      it already updated :(

  • ChrisConner09

    My job is too hard…can they release an update for that too?

  • aznmode1

    Are you serious? They weren’t THAT hard. I finished the entire game already. The only one I really had difficulty with was the space rocks but I passed it eventually. This was a very fun game. I’m ready for more challenging levels.

  • http://dasalehaus.wordpress.com/ Enzy

    I should have waited to update. They were crazy hard before, but no problem this time around. I liked the challenge.

  • Mike Yost

    Well, guess I’m not taking this update. Game was way too easy before and actually is a challenge now.

  • BrianLipp

    For me, it wasnt that they are too challenging, its that the difficulty spike from the last original level to the first space level was HUGE. New levels should be harder than the original levels, but they didnt gradually get harder, they got instantly a lot harder. The fist space level should be a little harder than the last original level, the next one harder than that one, etc. Unless, that is, the create a world that is specifically marked as “Super Throw Your Device Hard” levels, like a lot of platformers do.

    • Derek Ross

      Huge +1

      I personally found all of the original levels super easy. I got the update and tried the new levels a few days ago for a couple of minutes and shut it off. I understand it’s space but the extremely lack of gravity and control made it not fun to play – where as the first levels are basically all about gravity. It seemed to be a very sporadic level of control. It would be one thing if they eased you into it, but it went from very easy to very hard with no level of instruction.

      Not that I complained, I just set it down and stopped playing the game. I guess I’ll try it again at some point with the update.

      • mustbepbs

        Some of the levels didn’t have wonky gravity. I agree that some jumps you had to practice over and over to get it, but that’s part of playing a game. You won’t be good at it right away.

    • EvanTheGamer

      There should just be a difficulty option(Easy/Medium/Hard/Very Hard/Ultra Hard, etc). Devs shouldn’t have to cave into the demands of fans…pretty sad.

  • Bert

    :-(

  • http://www.facebook.com/JasonKWhite Jason Kenneth White

    Awe nuts! I was on the last level of space world. Maybe I just won’t update for a while so I can keep challenging myself.

  • Jon Eric

    It would have been nice for them to include a switch or something, so people who actually liked the hard levels could keep them…

    But honestly, this was a good move. Those space levels weren’t just hard, they were poorly-designed and unfair. How many times in just the first couple of levels were you tossed adrift with no indicator of where you should be aiming? Bad level design.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I’d love for them to do hard vs easy. The easy levels are beyond easy after you’ve played through the hard versions.

      • JMonkeYJ

        I love how easy the regular levels seem after spending some time with the (old) space levels :-)

    • teleclimber

      I don’t think the levels were poorly designed. They were just far more creative and… what’s the word… ah yes, challenging. You actually had to work to get the 3 apples. It was a lot more like a game than the old levels which felt more like passive entertainment to me.

      If people want to play a game where they get to the end looking a hero on the first try they should just go watch a movie.

  • duke69111

    After a week I finally beat the first level with three apples. I think I will wait to apply the update.

  • http://twitter.com/dphahn David P. Hahn

    Well boo to that! What’s wrong with challenging!?!?!?

    • justincase_2008

      Today’s gamers don’t like them. Everything has to be so easy and handed to them. I remember when a walkthough meant you walked through your house to cool off after dying 900 times.

      • marcusmaximus04

        That’s still happening to me as I play through Dark Souls…

      • Nick S

        or a walk through your local Walmart to replace the controller you buried in the drywall after dying another 900 times.

        • justincase_2008

          Or when you died at the final boos in God of War so many times you smashed the controller acting like it was one of Kratos blades…..

  • sam_evans7

    Does the update make it so that I can install it on my gnex without a “-24″ unknown error? :(

    • sam_evans7

      update: nope. :(

    • T4rd

      Sounds like an issue with your Gnex/ROM. It runs great on my Gnex (ROM is JBSourcery 2.4/4.1.1 based). I’ve never seen that error and there’s plenty of reviews in the Play store from Gnex users that aren’t having issues with it.

      • sam_evans7

        Time to switch ROMs! :)

  • T4rd

    Pansies.. though it was challenging, I’ve already got all apples in the space levels. I thought the difficulty ramp was much needed compared to the rest of the game. It probably took longer for me to just get through the space levels as it took me to do the other three worlds. I enjoyed the new levels as they were though.

  • mustbepbs

    I can’t speak for the later levels (or some earlier ones), but they’re still pretty difficult. I love this game so much. It’s so weird how good it is. I can’t explain it. I’m addicted.

    I was pretty excited about how hard they were. I managed to beat the first 4 with 3 apples and I was working on the 5th. I hate when people complain about difficulty. If it’s too hard for you to beat, practice. You’ll get it eventually. People’s needs are catered to too much today. Diablo 3 for example. Whiners :/

    • aznmode1

      Haha man I know exactly what you mean about this game. First I was like what the heck this looks so cheesy. When I got to the space level was when it became really addicting. I tried to get atleast 3 apples and would repeat the level till I got all 3. If I had a hard time getting an apple I’ll just stay behind the robber and see how he does it then start the level again and copy him exactly. I love the challenges and was looking forward to more levels after I finished the game. Come to find out the new update made it easier. I guess so much for this game. But I emailed the dev and expressed my concern regarding the new change. So hopefully they incorporate a difficulty mode in the next release…and hopefully new hard levels.

  • Dima Aryeh

    I ain’t updatin till I beat them!

  • Dustin Wen

    I couldn’t even pass the first space level haha

    • EvanTheGamer

      Try harder.

      • pingpongping

        trust your instincts

      • balthuszar

        or bitch to the developer that you can’t and see if you can get them to…wait, never mind they already did

        • michael arazan

          This is what you get for a society that gives trophies for kids who don’t win the games. I didn’t get to state in wrestling from having the rules bent. I got my ass kicked and became a better wrestler. Do or do not, there is no try……

          • BTLS

            Exactly… The pussification of America! Everyone’s a winner, a victim, and deserves to be coddled.

    • http://twitter.com/afgbruins21 Arian

      same hahah im so ashamed