You’ve got to press the buttons on the gamepad in the right order. There’s no other way of putting it. Button Frenzy doesn’t hide its reflex game behind any kind of abstraction. Nobody on screen is playing a guitar, or landing a spaceship. It’s just you and the controller; nothing between you and your mistakes. A, A, B, Y, X, Y, B. Naked.
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It’s a simple game. But there’s a strange thing that happens when something simple moves too quickly for you to process. Either you muck it up, or let go. The only way to succeed is to let your fingers take over.
“I really like that feeling of just trusting your hands to do what they’ve gotta do,” says Button Frenzy creator Ben Wilson.
Wilson grew up with dyspraxia, the disorder that affects motor coordination. That feeling of being at the mercy of muscle memory? It’s one he knows all too well.
“I have that a lot in day to day stuff, especially when playing videogames,” he explains. “But it’s not something that a lot of people know about.”