Indie Review: rComplex
rComplex is a shadowy platforming adventure with a noir palette and a tentacle monster chasing you to your wits end. All you have to defend yourself is 12 shotgun bullets.
- Worth The Time?Worth every second with a great stylised atmosphere with designed platformer sections.
- Things LovedI loved the simplicity of the controls, the beautifully conceptualised noir aesthetic and arbitrary ramblings of the silhouetted main character.
- Things HatedTiming issues, when it came to jumping and sliding under obstacles resulting in many an unpleasant death. Also, that the game limits you to only 12 shotgun bullets to defend yourself throughout the whole game. The constant loop of a trance song became irritating at times.
- RecommendationDefinitely, an atmospheric indie release with an awesome gameplay mechanic is a must for any gamer, or indie fan.
- Name: rComplex
- Genre: Platformer
- Players: Single Player
- Multiplayer: None
- Platforms: PC
- Developer: Brian Terwilliger
- Publisher: Brian Terwilliger
- Price: Free-to-Play
- Reviewed On: PC
rComplex is a shadowy noir short of the indie variety, a demo of sorts, which with a simple button scheme and the prerogative of a monster looming over you at every turn becomes an addictive affair. You play as a silhouetted hero with no name who traverses a black and red ‘complex’ of office supplies, chairs, desks, pipes and the occasional wall divider. Tension surrounds you from the beginning of the game, as a tentacle monster chases after you. This sounds like some weird Japanese anime.
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All you simply do is slide under green obstacles and jump over blue obstacles, and occasionally shoot the monster chasing you. You also have a handy shotgun with a limit of only 12 bullets and soon I found out it was not enough to save me from the onslaught of the tentacle monster (sounding a bit dodgy). The monster caught me off guard at a few critical moments when I made a mistake, or two (Damn those mothertrucking desks and office supplies to hell and back). From the outset, there’s no true character to relate to as the game was made for a competition, and really is a short but sweet experience. In essence, the game is a stylised short with the dark silhouette of the main character looking a bit like Vash The Stampede (from the anime Trigun), or even Dante from Devil May Cry. The tentacle monster is more unsightly as a black mass of tentacle madness which attempts to catch you at every moment. The only controls in the game are jump, slide and shoot. It’s really simplified, however, in simplification comes great game design and badass technicalities of platforming bombardments that confront you as you race ahead in the cyberpunk-noir infused environment of rComplex. It’s alluringly simple yet complex (pun, lol). rComplex challenges the player by placing a variety of obstacles ranging from humble office chairs you have to vault over, to the intricacy of a fully enclosed office desk that you seemingly have to slide under.
All the obstacles offer challenge and risk, and if you mess up you can fall into the tentacle embrace of the Flying Spaghetti Monster-themed villain which hounds you, as your character’s gruff voice spurts out existentialistic garble. Perhaps, the character is reckoning with a flight of fancy, and tentacles, which he endures constantly. Maybe, the game is a philosophical statement, yet that will fly past most people’s heads. Rather, it is quite an enjoyable indie gem and when its short development cycle is taken into consideration it shines far above other mediocre indie releases. rComplex is a real tentacle-induced triumph of humorous proportions, and platforming excellence.