Indie Review: Uberlution
The LD24 indie competition will be ending soon, and I hardly want it to considering that I've seen plenty of gems so far. The latest one to add to that list of awesomeness is Uberlution, a game from Tom Victor of Robotic, created in 48 hours based on the theme of evolution. How does it measure up?
- Worth The Time?Yes, every minute.
- Things LovedThe concept, the colourful and extremely pleasant visuals, the graphical style, the funny sound effects and catchy music, eating things to grow more powerful, the hilarious ending, the game's irresistible charm.
- Things HatedNothing, other than the fact that you're craving more after you finish it.
- RecommendationJust go play it. It's free, and it will take you less than twenty minutes to play.
- Name: Uberlution
- Genre: Action, Survival
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PC
- Developer: Robotic (Tom Victor)
- Publisher: Robotic (Tom Victor)
- Price: Free
- Reviewed On: PC
You can download the game for free here.
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I have to admit, I’m going to be upset when the Ludum Dare 24, also known as LD24, indie competition draws to a close. In case you aren’t sure what it is, it’s basically a competition where indie developers are given a theme, and 48 hours to make a game based on said theme. There have been a number of gems already from this competition, and Uberlution is yet another one to add to that list. It’s a game based on the theme of evolution, created by Tom Victor, the one man team from Robotic. It’s the perfect game to play if you’ve got a coffee break or need to kill a bit of time, as it will only take you around ten minutes to complete, but it’s definitely a game to love. And seriously, it’s just really impressive that something as charming and enjoyable as this was made in a mere two days.
The game concept is really cool, and it’s best described as you being a small fish in a big pond. Except you’re seeking to change that. The idea of the game is that you need to eat creatures smaller than you to grow in size, and avoid creatures larger than you until you’re ready to take them. It’s a survival game, and it’s quite a lighthearted one at that. You’ll control your little creature with the arrow keys, and basically search the map for a little critter to eat, holding the space bar to consume one. However, if you’re caught by a larger predator, you’ll need to rapidly tap the space bar and move the directional keys to escape before your health drains to zero. The game starts off pretty challenging, as you’re vulnerable and easy to kill, and you can’t see much around you. The map is covered in darkness except for a small ring of light around your character, so in the beginning you can’t see where threats are coming from. As you consume targets, you gain experience to level up, which increases your health and size and gives you a radar ability that allows you to detect nearby creatures. A white arrow will reveal the direction of targets larger than you, while a red one will point to targets you can eat.
As you level up, your creature will start to evolve, slowly approaching its uber form as it becomes larger and more monstrous. The goal is to reach level 10 in order to obtain maximum power and win the game. You’ll start off being small, weak and hunted, but you’ll soon grow powerful, dangerous and become the predator, stalking those weaker than you and consuming them all. It’s very simple to play, but it’s extremely charming and very enjoyable. There’s nothing to dislike about the game really. It’s just, you’ll be left craving more after you get to the completely hilarious, silly and utterly random ending all too soon. It’s a clever twist that you certainly will never see coming. I laughed myself silly. But when I read the developer’s commentary on the game on his official website, I was definitely left wishing that he had more time to create the game closer to his original vision for it. He spent a few hours creating a perk tree, designing the project as a stealth game where you could upgrade your speed, strength, discretion, field of view and radar efficiency, but unfortunately this had to be scrapped naturally due to a lack of time available. Hopefully, he’ll get to complete it and deliver it as it was meant to be.
Perhaps the best thing about the game is the way it looks. Uberlution has fantastic graphics, and it’s cute, attractive, colourful, cartoony and extremely pleasant on the eyes. It’s pretty great to look at the art direction as well, and I quite like the luminous mushrooms and lush grass standing out in the darkness of the map. If that isn’t enough, the game’s music is deliciously catchy, and the sound effects just help to make it even more charming than it already is. Yes, I know I’m praising such a simple game quite a lot, but when you’re extremely busy or bored and you decide to take a load off to play something for just ten to twenty minutes, and have such a pleasant experience, you’d feel the same.
Uberlution is an awesome game packed with a strong personality and an attractive charm. There’s absolutely no excuse for you not to play this game, because it’s free and can be completed in less than twenty minutes. Play it, love it, and then spend a while wishing that you had more of it.