Sunday, October 26, 2014

Glitchspace Impressions


I've never had delusions that I could program.  I know enough to know that I am crappy at it.  The part that I understand is that it is all based on logic.  A lot of IF/THEN and TRUE/FALSE statements are involved.  That's where Glitchspace fascinates me.

I have only spent a little over an hour learning what Glitchspace is all about, but I am already in deep.  The game is in early access (alpha) and I am not sure what it will end up being, but what is there right now is intriguing.  The game looks fantastic with sharp, but simple graphics.  It took a page from Mirror's Edge not only in visual style, but also drawing your attention with red objects in an otherwise colorless environment.

It's a relatively slow paced, thinking game.  For you logic wizards and smarty-pants types it will go a bit faster.  Nothing I have encountered in my time is very hard to figure out, but it does involve some thinking.  It has a lot of "that's pretty awesome" moments when you do figure it out and the puzzles could potentially get very complex if the developer wanted.  The basic gameplay loop involves simple platforming in which the plaqyer manipulates various values on objects, via a visual interface, to change how they act or react to your actions.  You also have a "gun" that manipulates objects in predefined ways.  Some combination of this "programming" and shooting probably exists in the game, such as changing what an object does when you shoot it, but in my time with the game I had not encountered that.   

    

The game does feature Oculus Rift support, but unfortunately I do not have access to an Oculus unit.  I imagine that this would be a very cool use of the tech and my childhood nerd wouldn't stop conjuring up images of the Nintendo Power Glove used in conjunction.  Granted, the Power Glove was super low tech and wouldn't function as I am imagining, but you get the idea.  If, in virtual reality (via Oculus) you could manipulate the puzzles in this game with your actual hand, I would be first in line to buy it all.  The thought gives me shivers.

As it stands, I am not sure what this game will be.  It has my attention.  I will most definitely check back when the game is further along.  This game is interesting and given more time could be something amazing.

You can check it out on Steam Early Access for Windows, Mac, and Linux for $9.99.

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