Verlet Swing Xbox One Review
Prepare yourself for a swooping experience, swinging from block to block. Set, in what seems to be an 80s techno dream world, Verlet Swing holds nothing back: the floor is essentially lava and If you hit any wall or touch any surface in this game, you die. The stakes are high, are you up to the challenge? You are about to enter a world of pure absurdism…
Verlet Swing’s graphics, are to put it simply, everywhere. The screen effects simulate the stutter effect that old monitors used to give off back in the day. The world is extremely trippy. Each of the levels you play will be a different mixture of odd models and shapes, ranging from floating heads to giant fish, to giant easter island statues, there’s no limit on what to expect in Verlet Swing.
The level design in Verlet Swing is both challenging and infuriating. Finding which way to go and how to approach certain parts of the level is the crux of this game. When I say infuriating I say it in a modest way, as these game is meant to be quite the challenge. I spent so long trying to complete one particular mission, the game awarded me an achievement for dying more than 50 times. This, suffice to say, was not my finest hour.
The gameplay in Verlet Swing is exhilarating to say the least. The rather annoying, yet very much challenging level design can be overlooked by the awesomeness of the mobility and control you have when swinging around. You really do feel like Spiderman as you swing from obstacle to obstacle.
When you attach yourself to an object, you must consider the distance away you are from the object and the speed at which you are travelling. You want to try and get a seamless flow, as you glide through the air, which easily lets you glide from one point to another. These skills are learned through trial and error, and you will error…a lot. If you attach yourself to an object to far away, your line will be too lax and you’ll fall to the floor. There’s always a feeling of impending doom when playing Verlet Swing, you kinda already know if you’re dead, if you’ve stalled for too long, or missed an obstacle you were aiming for.
Content-wise, there are tons of levels to crack your teeth into, every 20 missions you switch to a different world. Each world is as absurd as the next, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be stuck on one world for a painful amount of time.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with Verlet Swing. The game had me confused at the beginning as I didn’t know what to make of it, with it’s mad art style and 80s graphics. But after a few games of agonizing gameplay, I quickly began to take a liking to the game and really started to enjoy the essence of what Verlet Swing is all about. Overcoming the challenges presented in each level made me feel satisfied, knowing all 50 times I died did equate to something after all. I’d recommend Verlet Swing to players who are looking to find a new experience with their puzzle games, it’s light hearted, yet absurd art style and gameplay means you’ll never really know what’s around the corner, but that’s the beauty of this game.
Price – £12.49