Developer: Phoenix Games
Price: 240MSP ($3)
Size: 70MBClick Here To Download Trial
So, the 4th game of the IGSU has been released into the wild, and many of you will possibly be thinking nothing could beat yesterday's game, 'Cute Things Dying Violently'. Well, I hate to disagree, but...
The aim of the game is simple; You, the T.E.C. 3001, must run through 21 levels, jumping, sliding and breaking glass, while collecting the right amount of batteries for reasons unknown. I reckon he was just bored, personally.
The graphics are... wow. Now I've know I've said the other 3 games had good graphics, but they simply can't compare to this. This is a 3D platformer, and to say they are rare on this service is an understatement. The last one I played wasn't very good, and had juggle physics, so... yeah.
The colour scheme is very vivid, and the feature of colour-changing gates in the game also keeps the game easy on the eye. The game also has an amazing sense of depth, and is so polished that it could easily get into the XBLA marketplace, and no-one would give it a second look. The soundtrack, meanwhile, continues the run of quality in the IGSU, with the techno soundtrack suiting the virtual environment to a tee.
The gameplay, meanwhile, is very much a mixed bag. The game itself is quite simple, with only a couple of buttons needed to jump and slide, as well of course moving left and right. The gameplay is also quite enjoyable, or at least it was in the 8 minutes I played.
However, the difficulty curve is quite steep. I managed to get past the first 3 levels in one go, but the 4th level clearly decided that it didn't like me, killing me on every attempt. From what I've seen, the difficulty curve just gets steeper from that point, requiring you to memorise the levels in order to pass them. The low number of levels (21) and lack of multiplayer also seem to be major downsides.
Overall, I have to say that the game is worth at least a trial. Although it does appear to have some major faults, the graphics alone should make it worth the $3 to some.Tomorrow's Game: Doom & DestinyThese reviews can now be found on IndieTheory.com. Indie Theory; Just when you thought you had gaming figured out...
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