REVIEW: Beat The Game

Sep
15

REVIEW: Beat The Game

Lovely artwork and sound but basic gameplay and very short.

Status: Released
Type: Single-player
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Worm Animation
Publisher: Worm Animation
Release Date: 7 Sep, 2017

You play as an unnamed character in stripey pyjamas. You wander around a limited area collecting items and using your sound recorder to point at things and record the noises. There’s a mini-map which is entirely unnecessary because within 10 minutes you already know the whole area like the back of your hand. Once you’ve collected all the items and sounds you can then head over to the sound desk where small colourful peeps are dancing under the marquee. You play a mini-game where you have to click and un-click the purple squares to keep the music going. Then shortly after that the game ends.

Sound & Vision

The graphics and (perhaps) music are the redeeming factors of what can only be loosely referred to as a game. The developer, by his own admission, is an artist who decided to dabble at game design. The artwork can best be described as “trippy” with all kinds of weirdness going on such as flying pigs and giant skateboarding clay men. You can mix your own electronic music while you play, using the sounds you record. There are only a couple of dozen of them but you can do something with them at least. Electro music is not for me, I prefer a nice bit of classic rock, but it’s interesting nevertheless.

Every time you interact with anything there’s a nice little cutscene. I couldn’t fathom any story, I’m not sure if there was supposed to be one, but you encounter three interesting characters along the way and in general it’s certainly pleasant to look at for as long as it lasts.

Difficulty

There is no challenge at all, it’s very easy. Suitable for a child.

Value

I saw Steam reviews talking about one hour of gameplay and I thought they were exaggerating as usual, but I was surprised to find that it is indeed an hour. The gameplay is very basic too. There’s no way I would pay full price but I might be tempted with a heavy discount just for the artwork.

Verdict

This is a short review for a short game. It’s not a bad game. It runs smoothly, no bugs, Linux support and nice graphics, but I just wish there was more of it. It was a pleasant hour spent anyway.

At the end of the game it says “to be continued…” whatever that means. Perhaps he’s planning to add more content to the existing game? If so, better get on with it.

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About JimDeadlock

My main focus is puzzlers or anything with puzzle elements in it. I also like forward-planning strategy and discovery/adventure. Games that engage your brain without too much urgency. || I'm a rabid Linux user and try to avoid Win-only games but I'll suffer it if the game is worthwhile. || I don't go for multiplayer games in general, and you couldn't make me play FPS if you tied me to a chair and held a blowtorch to my toes. || Steam Profile

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