Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space Reviews

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    Welcome to my review of Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space

    Developer: Z4GO
    Publisher: Merge Games
    Release Date: January 20th 2016
    Price £11.19

    Where to begin. Thats the tough question that stumps me as I prepare to write a review for Albedo. I always try to be impartial, and focus on as many good points as possible, so as not to totally slate a game. However, today I feel that this may change somewhat. Ok, a lot.

    Albedo is a science fiction game that resembles a 1950's B-Movie. You know the ones I'm talking about. The bad ones. But not one that's so bad it's good. If this game has a cult following, I have not heard of it.

    The story starts off, with you drunk and sat at your desk. After a brief conversation with a scientist, there is an almighty explosion, and the floor collapses. You come too in the basement of the complex, lying amongst the rubble with a gaping hole above you.

    There is a banging noise coming from the door, which once opened, by an alien force, sets the pace of the game ahead of you. Which is a tedious one. Few enemies in all fairness, and easily taken care of.

    You traverse the game from room to room, with puzzles that lack any kind of trouble for the most part. Trial and error will play a part for a few but nothing too taxing.

    The voice acting is monotone and wooden. Te echo to the protagonists voice is unbelievable. I have not heard anything this bad since playing Two Worlds. Remember that? Probably looks like a harsh comparison when you read it. Maybe it is, but I guess it is just the bad quality.

    The short story of the game is; aliens have invaded Earth. Aliens with massive eyes. That roll about the place once defeated. Quite disturbing from my point of view, so kudos there. Also another bonus point for the room with floating fish. Never before have I played a game with fish swimming contently through the air. Strange? Most certainly.

    Graphics: Not that good I'm afraid. Very dark environment, and whilst not atrocious, they just don't look good. Saying that, graphics don't make a game. It's the gameplay. But pretty visuals sure do add a pleasing canvas to cast your eyes upon. Unfortunately we are not blessed with that in Albedo.

    Music/FX: As mentioned with the echo on voice acting. Everything sounds like it was recorded in a hallway. All sound effects and voice just seemed like it was rushed through recording. The effects themselves are not bad one bit. But what happened? So bonus half point here.

    Gameplay: Just about passable. Not perfect, and nowhere close. It's playable, and sadly not much fun. Thankfully, you can get the 1000g in one sitting. Easing the pain you will endure. I suppose being easy to learn is something, right?

    Longevity: This will cost you 2-3 hours of your life at most. Which sounds reasonable. But is it worth it? Well, yes and no. The former I will discuss next. The latter? Because Albedo is just plain awful. Easily the worst game I have played in quite some time. If you must buy it, wait for a sale, or if you're flush or cash.

    Achievements: This is the single reason why Albedo is on your profile. A very easy 1000g to be had. In the first 3 rooms alone I had about 300-400g if I recall correctly. There is quite literally an achievement popping every 10-15 seconds if you blast through as quickly as possible. With the majority of them being unlocked in the first portion of the game. So this is a sweetener surely? It was for me, as I recoiled in horror. Not at the scary nature of the game, but how abysmal Albedo is as a package.

    Overall: Albedo is awful. Plain and simple. The only positive feature of the game is the easy 1000g you can acquire from it. Also the end credits, as you know your torture is finally over. I had to force myself at the end to get it completed. How I managed this is a shock to me, and a testament to my patience. Simply put, do you want that 1000g that desperately? Ask yourself this. If you do end up enjoying it to any degree, I would be impressed.

    I award Albedo 1 star
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    Fenom007I'm in agreement with everyone here, this game sucks lol. One of the worst I've played also, but idk if I can say THE worst, I've encountered some real shit before too. One thing that no one but me seems to care about though is that all of the achievements are at the beginning of the game except for 3 or so of them which annoyed me to no end. I just wanted it to be over, but the 3 that are more spaced out were sitting there waiting to be earned.
    Posted by Fenom007 on 14 Aug 17 at 23:21
    FullMoonBeaverThat's a good point about the achievements. Definitely one of the top 5 worst games on Xbox though. Commander Cherry is another to avoid.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 15 Aug 17 at 06:45
    SONofGIANTS610Bought this when it was on sale and its awful and the sound keeps on cutting out, just another reason to avoid this game
    Posted by SONofGIANTS610 on 02 Jan 19 at 18:51
    FullMoonBeaverAh yes. The sound. I genuinely think that it's a troll to gamers. Nothing good about this.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 02 Jan 19 at 20:38
    zDrUnKeNMoNkEyzHolly hell, i just finished this last night. Sweet Jesus what a train wreck. Like whoa. I'm at a loss for words. I don't think I've ever played a game so bad that once the final cheevo popped I quit out and deleted said game. Thank god I only payed $2! Spot on review!toast
    Posted by zDrUnKeNMoNkEyz on 19 Jan 19 at 07:37
    FullMoonBeaverCheers. Thanks for reading. Guess the review is better than the game haha. And yes, it's a train wreck in a dumpster fire kind of game. Only good thing is all the achievements unlock.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 19 Jan 19 at 08:12
    zDrUnKeNMoNkEyzMuch better writing then the game that's for sure 😂 When I heard the guy talk for the first time, I was rolling on my ass! Sounded like they asked a random dude on the street to read off some terrible lines in a mcDonalds restroom..that FkN echo 😂 I can appreciate low budget titles with low production values etc however this one was just an ugly game through n through
    Posted by zDrUnKeNMoNkEyz on 19 Jan 19 at 08:31
    FullMoonBeaverHaha yes. That echo. It's a game that will reach cult status for the wrong reasons, and it's going to always be remembered for this. It's an abortion truth be told.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 19 Jan 19 at 12:22
    zero cool 4406Yup. That voice acting was terrible. And the controls were sometimes annoyingly clunky and over-complicated. At least none of the achievements were buggy....
    Posted by zero cool 4406 on 11 Sep 19 at 17:36
    FullMoonBeaverThat's the silver lining for this cloud. Terrible game.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 12 Sep 19 at 06:03
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