I wanna be the LoveTrap

Creator: ねころん

Average Rating
6.4 / 10
Average Difficulty
91.8 / 100
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24 Reviews:

Kiyoshi
Something I've heard alot of people say over the years is that beating EX Big Kid is required to clear the game. This isn't true. You only need to beat regular Big Kid.

According to the Q&A section of the readme:
"If you defeat the last boss, you will get 7 items in total. This is normal clear. There is no ending though. Along the way, you may find secret items (something cute). If you collect all the secret items, you will be able to challenge the back boss. All clear if you clear the back boss. There is no ending though."

Normal Big Kid is still a tough as hell boss, but you don't gotta be an insane god gamer to get what would be considered a clear for the game. There is a reason its called Extra Big Kid after all.

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Rating: 8.0 80       Difficulty: 93 93
Oct 17, 2020
Swainize
I Wanna be the Lovetrap was one of the early fangames and it's the mother of endurance boss fights.

This game consists of 6 stages, each having a boss at the end. Once you defeat all bosses, you'll fight more difficult versions of them followed by the final boss.

Throughout most of the game the difficulty is very reasonable and apart from 1 or 2 rooms it's not very challenging... until it hits you in the face with Miku 2 and Giant Kid, who will drive even IWBTG-veterans insane.

Since it's a very old fangame, I'll go easy on it with the rating. Back in the days this was a great fangame, even if it doesn't hold up all that well today (standard blocks and spikes, restarting music, guy rock, etc.).

Regarding the difficulty: 80 only applies to Miku 2 and Giant Kid (especially in Hard Mode). Everything before it is 45 at best.

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Rating: 6.5 65       Difficulty: 80 80
Feb 10, 2015
PlutoTheThing
This review is based on a clear of everything in the game EXCEPT for EX Big Kid, as it is humanly unreasonable

LoveTrap is a game that speaks for itself, and at the same time says so little by itself. It's very basic on the surface, but everyone knows at this point that this one fangame has inspired a large portion of fangames from a variety of different makers, especially in the eastern community. It popularized Hatsune Miku as a boss fight, and made avoidance fights in general a common thing. The rooms are iconic, the traps are iconic, and the bosses are iconic. But beyond that, there's an actually GAME here, one that often gets overlooked, so let's look at it.

The game is divided into two halves at the start, route A and route B. If you head to the right from start, you get to play the water stage and cherry circle stage. The water stage is relatively unremarkable, but it gives me an excuse to talk about how good the traps in this game are. They are basic, but Nekoron can really bust out some super advanced mind games to trick you, it's the perfect example of doing a lot with limited resources. The cherry circle stage honestly holds up by modern standards, it's just a really cool and fun stage with creative stuff. The other route has the world's first bad apple stage, which is a treat to see, and the buttons stage, which is probably my second favorite. It's clever, and has super interesting platforming for 2010 that again, holds up today.

Now when we get to bosses is where LoveTrap gets interesting. Most of the bosses aren't a huge deal, there's the big cherry which I believe is the first ever use of a massive cherry as a boss, and Cirno and Dango is a nice meme, but the main points of interest are Miku and Big Kid. To start with Miku, I honestly think it's fine for a first avoidance. It's somewhat fun, and while horribly unbalanced, can be really funny at times because how stupid it is. Once you clear both routes, you can access boss rush, which contains buffed versions of every fight. One of these is Long Miku, which most people hate, but being truly honest, I don't. Now don't get it twisted, I don't think it's good, and I don't like it, but I also do not dislike it, to me it's a perfect 5/10. It's definitely slow and maybe a bit boring, but super overhated imo. It's a major roadblock for sure, but by the time you see what's next, you'll have easily forgotten about her.

If you beat boss rush, you get access to Big Kid. I like Big Kid, however this might be the most brutal boss I've ever played. It's deceptively simple, basically just one attack through the whole fight that gets harder as you deal damage, but the complexities within this boss are absolutely insane. There's so many factors to consider that are very difficult to factor in when doing reads. It's hard to explain in a review, but the combination of bouncing fruit, double shots, non-refreshing water, 4 way bullets that increase in speed, and invincibility frames create a completely heinous team of brutal deaths and insurmountable challenge. It's one of the hardest bosses ever made to this day, and will forever stay that way. I think the complexities make it fun, but it will really push your limits of what you can handle.

Big Kid is the any% clear, but beyond that there are secrets and extra. The secrets are cute, they are way harder than the normal platforming but sometimes have a cool idea, like the polyrythmic circles in the cherry circle stage, or the mouse click button in the buttons stage. If you collect them all you get EX Stage, which is a romp through all the stages in the game. It's not super interesting, but it's fine enough, nothing bad or even close to bad. The final thing in the game is EX Big Kid which is actually just humanly unreasonable, inhuman reaction time and planning required for a clear, so obviously I didn't do it.

It's very interesting to play this game, to see it's influence throughout the fangame community even now, and see how infamous it's hardest challenges are in a world where Last TIS, Debut, and many more hard avoidances have been cleared. To me LoveTrap is one of the best old adventure games at the time, it shows how clever and creative Nekoron is, and it's easy to see how it inspired so much today. Not everyone is gonna appreciate what it is, but I think it's earned respect. It may be a bit dated on the outside, but on the inside, LoveTrap will always be timeless.

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Rating: 8.5 85       Difficulty: 95 95
Jun 16, 2023
silverpaladin315
Big Kid 2 is requirement to beat the game.

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Rating: 3.5 35       Difficulty: 98 98
Feb 23, 2016
ElCochran90
Rating based on getting to Big Kid and grinding the fight for 10 hours (getting cherries from four sides at high speed when you shoot him), and also on getting the secrets. Difficulty rating based on the same principles except for the secrets (which doesn't affect at all due to Big Kid's difficulty).

An attempt of translating actual quotes of the maker:

"Thank you for downloading this game.

Game Content:
It is an action game where you avoid obstacles such as spikes and defeat the boss.

Story:
There is none.

Difficulty:
When you start the game and select save data, the difficulty level selection screen will appear.
Touching a warp zone such as Medium or Hard will start a new game. Only the number of savepoints changes depending on the difficulty level, and the placement of obstacles and the strength of the boss do not change.

Q & A

[Q]
How can I clear the game?
[A]
It is clear if you can collect 8 items in the light blue part of the save selection screen."

The existence of this game today is considered as a timeline event. The cornerstone of this community (Kayin's original game) had three main derivatives from my very personal perspective:

a) Tijit's follow-up "Fangame!" which, after many versions, got reconstructed into its current version, following the same architectural layout of Guy, loosely resembling a Metroidvania style and actually adding more fun to getting the secrets
b) Geezer's tragically unfinished Kill The Guy, featuring, like the previous mention, an engine of its own, fantastic adventure paraphernalia and, to the greatest pain of my heart, not only the lack of an ending, but also of a stage and more than one boss
c) Nekoron's LoveTrap, a play on words of "Ai" (Love) and "Wana" (Trap), the one that used the engine mechanics that are used up to this day (older fangames already had it, however, such as the underappreciated GB) and an architecture that would influence an exceptional amount of makers, more from the East than from the West, starting with Carnival

This is exclusing less impactful releases such as Guy2, Challenge!, Be the Mario: The Movie: The Prequel, to name a few.

LoveTrap starts in a very similar fashion that the original Guy and Fanmage! do: choose your path, but watch your step, as you might immediately encounter a trap. And so, the story begins, introducing (at least for many) the concept of fast-paced triggers. As the game keeps advancing, it showcases fantastic surprises all the way through, as well as frustrating and exceedinly questionable decisions.

Evaluating this game under modern standards is not inherently incorrect, but I consider it as an inappropriate approach. However, taking the extreme opposite of "this fangame was the first to do X and Y and therefore that makes it good" is also a subjective bias.

Each stage is differentiated by a unique style or gimmick, and a couple of them have a unique visual style. The water stage introduced to us the Nekoron engine, which is infamous today for its 1-frame glitch, something that I find unbearably intolerable since it is quite easy for me to 1-frame in water sections or in infinite-jump sections: that results in a full jump because, due to poor water coding, the engine automatically substracts one frame from your jumps. As insignificant as one frame might sound, the level of platforming precision that some segments in this game require really makes you pay the bill. Nekoron has been my nemesis for a couple of years now and last year drove me mad with Go the DotKid! When you realize that this game is probably the earliest one to feature both downwards and upwards planes, you're in for a treat.

Sections such as the orange-background stage or the one with spinning delicious fruits are fun for a quick playthrough, but there is nothing that differentiates them. However, some vanilla needle is very welcome from time to time.

Enter the Bad Apple section and it is an explosion of meme platforming: it introduced the white-and-black section that would be replicated in more fangames than I can count and with actual visual creativity. The boss of said stage is really charming and the game mocks mechanics that move by frames as the strategy to beat it is going through it by analizing which frames it occupies every time it changes sides. Ridiculous for some, amusing for me, this is a terrific addition.

Bosses are certainly the best part of the game because they are intentionally not serious: a sticky figure, a boss that suicides (and thus introducing the concept of "troll boss" to the community), the debut of Just(???) in a funny gun duel mechanic and a

Inevitably, you will find a Miku sprite suddenly, a white background and a metallic-tileset layout that either you have or will see again 5,000+ times in the future. You shoot the Miku, but nothing happens. You're curious to see if the inert sprite kills you, and it turns out to be alive: it kills you by touching it. You shoot the projectiles and specific ones go away. But there's music, an everlasting signature Miku vocaloid to be exact: The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku -DEAD END-初音ミクの消失.[!/spoiler] Not only that, but the attacks are synced with the music and you must draw a specific path to avoid the attacks and have the best initial positioning for each new attack. This idea is insanely creative and I'm assuming the game blew up in Japan because the era of Vocaloid during 2010 was around its highest peak. This is also very interesting because this section might have a message: the vocaloid has one of the quickest portions of Miku singing along her entire catalogue and it is hypothesized this is happening because her time is running out and is about to die, which is exactly what happens when you endure the whole song: she dies by disappearing.

Irony, as Morpheus would say, does not lack a sense of humor because this was the first of thousands of Miku fights to be made in the fangame universe.

Platforming can be considered of 60s difficulty at worse for the water section alone, and 55 considering the rest of the stages (the first screen of the spinning delicious fruits are annoyingly precise and an iconic screen where you press red buttons in a screen consisting of very well timed diagonals will get the worst out of you).

After this, this game also features the mechanic of placing you in a tower once the game has ended (or, more properly, has made you think it has) which has a buffed Boss Rush. This is pretty much a Rockman idea, but the one that hits you the hardest is Miku 2, which easily increases the difficulty up to 75. The avoidance is legendary in many ways:

1) It is really dynamic in the sense that there is a desired initial position for each attack, and the fact that there is a Polkka mini-Miku sprite chasing you the whole time demands an even more strategical pathing which will make you realize you actually use all platforms
2) Your gun becomes useless. Shooting is out of the question; it is entirely an avoidance SKILL ISSUE
3) The intro is unbearably long, and Nekoron actually intended that you went through it every time you died, which is stupidly infamous considering its legendary difficulty for the time (even veterans today will find themselves grinding the avoidance). If you actually try to skip it, it plays a joke that kills you; I never imagined this and didn't know it until I played the game, and it is indeed funny, but when you realize the implications (not being able to skip 25 f****ng seconds every time you die) is enough for you to just give up due to PATIENCE ISSUES
4) There is a musical logic behind the construction of the avoidance: intro, chorus, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, outro. That is the structure of the vocaloid, and the attacks correspond to it, progressively increasing in difficulty, which many players consider unfair, others common, and others both. However, the last chorus is doubled in length, and the second half has a monumental difficulty which requires a galaxy-brain logic to time, place and beat, considering that there is an infinitely annoying Polkka mini-Miku sprite chasing you the whole time. Beating it is not enough, since the outro has a great portion based on luck and will ruin many attempts of conquering the LoveTrap attack, which is enough for considering yourself an avoidance god.

Which you aren't, but the fact that this was the first Miku avoidance is insane, just like with Go the Dotkid!

Also, Fragnattic's reaction to beating Miku 2 in an unbelievable way back in 2011 is one of my favorite "reaction" moments in all of fangamedom. It's all the merrier to me since, well, I speak Spanish. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBfj_nbcN1E

The final boss is famously infamous: it is an extremely extended exercise of a combination of both luck and patience. The fact that sometimes the boss shoots two real bullets in a row can ruin all possible strategies against him, and that's where the luck part comes in. Beating the boss is also considered as a Timeline event.

Here's where my initial quote of the creator comes in: that's enough for clearing the game. There is no clear screen (unless you consider the next screen after the boss as one), but you actually get congratulated after getting all secrets, travelling through an "underworld" and getting to Big Kid 2, which location, without a guide, requires tons of blind exploration, which is pointless by this time because you already conquered all screens considering the secrets.

Big Kid 2 is a joke and have only seen a TAS of it. Time will tell when the "when" happens. Blue's attempts where the ones that inspired me to, one day, beat Big Kid 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0FxpKZUUtM

It's the sum of its parts that makes it great, and maybe Nekoron wanted to make a transcendent boss considering its difficulty. That's a ridiculous idea for me if it is almost unbeatable (referring to version 2), but Big Kid 1 alone is the reason behind my difficulty rating, which, again, is enough to clear the game according to the words of the maker. The rest is extra and a bad meme.

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Tagged as: Adventure Avoidance Trap Boss
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Rating: 6.0 60       Difficulty: 93 93
Dec 30, 2021