It says a lot with regards to the number of indie games that I pay attention to as soon as an idea that once seemed completely unique basically winds up becoming its own subgenre as well as type of game. In this case, puzzle-platformers where you have to different between and/or control a couple characters at once. Activities such as Ibb and Obb or even Circa Infinity, to name two illustrations off of the top of my personal head, have been utilizing that kind of circumstances for quite a while now. And so with that knowledge, does indeed desunoya’s latest video game Reverse x Reverse bring nearly anything new to the stand in that area?
Reverse x Reverse trainer things off with your protagonists, Code and Rithm, using a picnic in their online game world. But when “annoy fields” start to break out, it’azines up to them to go to the inner layers of the game to debug issues and save the time in the process. As it turns out, though, this the very definition of an Excuse Plot. This bits with any shreds of story only appear in between planets, and even then they’actu incredibly brief. It’ersus kind of a shame which the game doesn’t accomplish enough with the entire meta-game angle, because there surely exists the potential for several clever writing here. The main characters might be particularly charming, nonetheless they don’t get a great deal of room to glow personality-wise, instead limited to simultaneously navigating various obstacle courses in their game’ohydrates programming. Doing so needs each of them to use their own personal talents – Rithm’s double jump and Code’utes dash maneuver – as well as the ability to join alongside one another and move in tandem. As you can tell by the screenshots, both are typically dealing with their own personal flip side of seriousness or their own unique path, opening up some options.
The level design is decently done for by far the most part, containing a variety of increasing obstacles which include several kinds of shifting platforms, blocks in which trigger automatic scrolling, buttons that cause Code in addition to Rithm to swap locations and change their gravitational forces, and much more. The majority of the amounts are well-designed, if a little bit over-reliant on trial-and-error gameplay. It can be too easy to get a disc that clears a bug subject obstacle blocking your way, only to discover that you accidentally missed a step mere seconds prior, or that you needed that cache in play until later. Levels are only built to last five minutes for the most part, but they still fall prey to those annoying instances where you die just inches away from the aim, forcing you to start off everything over. Anticipate death to happen quite a lot, by the way.
But again, the extent design is still alright on a gameplay stage. The visual layout, a bit less. I know it seems odd to say this specific about an indie game, but it almost looks a bit amateurish, with the clunky pop-up tutorial bins to the monochrome platforms with no highlights along with the cluttered backgrounds. I wouldn’t even claim that any of it is terrible on its own, just that it blends together curiously. The cutesy cartoons character and adversary designs are supposed to appear of as a compare to the inner operation of the game world’ohydrates programming, but they honestly kind of come off as an afterthought if anything otherwise. The music fares greater, with some nice, cold electronic tunes, even though brief ones to match the short length of each stage.
So Reverse x Change, while not particularly superb, does indeed at least possess the makings of an alright, competent puzzle-platformer. Unfortunately, it merely happened to be saddled using a default control program from hell. Ok, i’ll put it this way: After i have to spend at the least a minute attempting to work out which button actually begins the game, I get that as in particular bad omen.
For a game that will require precision timing and also quick thinking in several places, the fact that the item decided to go with a Z/X/C/V keyboard set layout for the 4 main functions on the characters in a video game like this baffles everyone. And you would feel that an Xbox 360 operator (or any gamepad) might improve things, but also for some reason her “join” ability mapped to your X button, Some sort of for the current character’utes special ability, along with B to jump, of the things (not to mention LB to be able to pause). A build like that means that your moments where I needed to control two characters at the same time while getting turned into a frustrating undertaking.
And I know some of that you are thinking “Well, the reason didn’t you just reconfigure the controls?” I did without a doubt reconfigure them later, nevertheless all I could still think of was “Would the developers intend for their game to be played out that way? What human being thought those manages were a good idea?” You need to not have to fumble about the food list simply to correct a glaring flaw on the developer’s part, specifically when it relates to the core gameplay. And even while using 360 controller, there was clearly still some instances where the jumping felt rather awkward, specifically during moments where by I had to control equally characters at once, bounce, and use both of their own abilities at the same time.
I really was hoping of which Reverse x Reverse would turn out to be more than a merely regular puzzle-platformer, but alas, it wasn’t to be. Good amount design and challenging gameplay sadly have hindered by low-cost shots, questionable controls and an underdeveloped philosophy. Code and Rithm might have been sent out on a mission for fix their game’utes technical issues, but it’ersus a shame there was no 1 around to make sure the entire content of it was as up to shape as possible likewise.
SummaryReviewer Kyle LeClairReview Date 2016-01-13Reviewed Item Reverse by ReverseAuthor Rating