Ah, my first One-hour review and it didn’t even take one hour to finish this game! The reason is of course that this is not a full game; according to the developer it is just a prototype. I still feel inclined to review it though, since it is such a cool piece of game!
Over the years most games have managed to put themselves in any of a few predefined categories and one of the more overpopulated genres is certainly platform games, although the genre has been in decline since the start of the millennium. The majority of the games in this genre are quite similar visually and physically. Today’s game under review is a fresh shot of new ideas into this long lived genre.
So, what makes Specter Spelunker Shrinks stand out from other platform games? At first sight it might seem like a simple platformer from the mid-eighties, but as soon as you start playing you find yourself in more control of the player than almost any other platform game. Scalability is the word! You can shrink and grow with just the push of a button and this shrinking and growing plays the main role in this game. Although it is just that, a prototype, you suddenly get ideas of how this could be used in other games and even other genres which has come to a stand-still in new ideas (FPS anyone…?).
The control of the playable character is really great, even if you are just playing with the arrow keys and the Z-button. It almost reaches the heights of Mario and Sonic games when talking about how much you can control the character (sure, it is not remotely “real physics”, but that is not the goal in this kind of game).
The “piece of art”-talk and “out of this world”-feeling comes from the fact that you can control yourself (i.e., the character) to such an extent that you can shrink or grow almost without limits; to such extremes that even time will be affected. If you want to play something with a unique and artistic twist to the gameplay and environment you should definitely try this one! The only let down is that it is very short, but I am hoping for a longer game or some other project from Fall Damage Games where they use these cool features.
- Platform(s): Web browsers & PC [version tested]
- Developer: Fall Damage Games
- Version: Prototype
- New ideas
- Piece of art
- Superb control
Check out a gameplay video on Vimeo, uploaded by the developer.
Play online here
Or download it from here (find the download link a bit down on the page):