Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Teslagrad Review (PlayStation Vita)

"Power isn't everything"

Game Title: Teslagrad
Genre: Action Platformer
Developer: Rain AS
Publisher: Rain AS

Teslagrad is an action-platformer garnered towards science. It's a great mix of the classic platformer genre, storytelling that is based on a wordless-narrative play, well balanced puzzles that targets kids and adults alike, and it's very impressive way of implementing the laws of "magnetism."

The game, Teslagrad, is a port of the Steam and PlayStation 4 game of the same name. It was developed and published by Rain AS, an awesome group of indie game developers. Teslagrad is Rain AS's first take on the video game industry, and let me tell you that the game is as awesome as it gets. It features a well implemented gameplay system. And if you haven't guessed it, it's name pays homage to Nikola Tesla, a well known inventor of the late 1800 and early 1900 best known for his design on what we now modernly use and called as the AC or Alternating Current. The game also features an allusion to Tesla's invention, namely the Tesla Coil.

As a platformer, it features the standard play style of you walking on various platforms to reach something or someplace to progress the story, except that you now are faced with various puzzles, and by that I mean good ones. It set's you on the shoes of a boy that has obtained the power of magnetism, where you can utilize the rules of physics like magnetic polarities. What I really liked about this game is it's storytelling, no words have been spoken but the way on how the narrative play works, it delivers the message that the game is intended to relay to the player.

On the other hand, the game still commits things that are a bit cliche to see on just about every platformer. Such as puzzles having simple solutions would have complex ways on how to execute them and boss battles that has three stages to them instead of implementing a better and systematic way of variations to it. Puzzles and boss battles needs you to have a keen dexterity and a well eye-to-hand coordination. There are also a sidequest present in the game where you find batteries, but due to the sheer size of the map, reaching and finding them can be a bit of a challenge.

One of the greatest challenges of porting a game is achieving a 1:1 ratio of quality from it's source game, and I could say that this game has managed reach that. The visuals are stunning and on-par with it's Steam and PlayStation 4 counterparts.The soundtrack fits the overall theme of the game, I really liked how the background audio compliments every scene; it may not be on par with the quality that we have now but it does manage to attain that optimum level of experience.

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Teslagrad can be easily said as one of the best indie games out there. One thing to note is that this game requires interest and skill to be played, taking it half-heartedly would be a erroneous choice; but with it's interesting story and gameplay that challenges your intuition and discipline, it will surely keep you magnetized to the screen from start-to-finish.
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