Well its out, GAME in Durham had 2 copies - seemed like they were the only place stocking it - and now they only have 1 because I decided to take a chance on it.|
Not sure how much interest there is for this game so I dunno how much I should bother typing. I guess I'll just do pro's and con's for now. This is based on 2-3 hours of play time, and I'm up to level 18 or 19 (out of 40).
It was only £15. Thats not too bad.
Really nice still artwork scattered throughout the game.
Puzzles so far have been varied. Mixes up precise ball-control bits with mazes, switch puzzles, light-refraction and other stuff.
The levels all look like they lead on from one another, which gives the game a sense of a real journey taking place.
GFX engine does a decent enough job. Some nice light and blurring efects going on. Levels generally look decent.
Camera behaves itself most of the time.
Camera dosent behave itself ALL of the time.
Loading times are about 35 seconds between each level. The first few levels are literally 10 seconds long. Most later levels are 10 minutes long, give or take.
Controlling the ball can be annoying at times. Some of the levels have intentionally frustrating design that makes it too easy to lose your ball off the edge of the world.
The game uses a lives system, and kicks you back to the title screen when its game over - which means another 35-second load to get back to where you were. Why no continue option?
Uneven difficulty. I got stuck for a while on one level, only to do the next couple very quickly, then get stuck again after that.
Overall I'm fairly happy with my purchase. Its rough in places and made some stupid basic design choices, but so far its actually been quite compelling. Even on one really frustrating level I was playing late last night I found it very hard to leave the game alone until I'd cracked it. And then when I had I still stayed on to play a couple more levels after that.
I get the feeling this may be quite a short game though. Given that I'm on level 18 or 19 after 3(ish) hours play, this may be a 6-hour job depending on how the rest of the game shakes down.
Still, for 15 quid......