Indie Review: Body Ladder
Body Ladder is a fun little indie game that attempts to take the popular zombie concept and do something brighter and more entertaining with it. Does it succeed? Read on to find out.
- Worth The Time?Yes, it's tons of fun and easy to enjoy.
- Things LovedThe hilarious concept, the fun gameplay, the weapons, the colorful and cartoony visuals, the music, the cutscenes.
- Things HatedYou can't control where you'll land after a jump, the pacing can be slow.
- RecommendationIf you're bored and need to kill a few minutes, this is definitely your baby.
- Name: Body Ladder
- Genre: Action, Beat em' up
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PC
- Developer: samakor (Design), cheppy (Programming), mofunzone (Sponsor)
- Publisher: samakor (Design), cheppy (Programming), mofunzone (Sponsor)
- Price: Free
- Reviewed On: PC
You can play the game for free here.
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It often happens that you don’t notice something until it gets brought to your attention, despite it staring you cleanly in the face for quite some time. In this context, only after it was pointed out to me did I realise that I’ve rather relentlessly been pursuing horror games within the indie world, and so I decided to deviate from that. Don’t worry, my love of horror is still there and I’ve got plenty more to share, but for now it’s time for a little break, and what better way to take one than with this particular gem called Body Ladder, by samakor, the designer, cheppy, the programmer, and mofunzone, the sponsor. Body Ladder attempts to take the whole overdone zombie apocalypse thing in gaming and put a fun twist on it in order to do something brighter and more entertaining with it. And hey, it actually succeeds.
The concept of the game is pretty hilarious. The town’s local mad professor decides to lose one too many screws in his head one day and unleashes and army of zombie clones in time for Halloween. In a matter of seconds, you’re introduced to the game in a quick tutorial level that teaches you how to survive the horde of death. And how do you overcome death? You become it. Alright, that was lame and not in context, but I was having a bit of a moment. My issues aside, you’re tasked with beating these zombies to death, blowing them up, and littering the ground with their corpses so that you can pile them up, climb on them and get to safety. The idea is to build the highest body tower you can, and eventually you’ll be stretching into the skies while the zombie clones climb up your tower in pursuit.
It’s a game of silliness and mindlessness, and that’s exactly what its strength is. You’ll move with the standard WASD keys, click to perform a melee attack, press S to throw a grenade of which you have a limited amount and W to jump. The controls are easy and smooth, with the only problem being that you can’t really control your jumps and they’re pretty rigid and can take you far away from where you want to be. Otherwise, it’s easy to enjoy and comfortable to play, and this is a perfect choice of game if you just want to unwind and have a good time. You’ll start out with a relatively weak melee weapon, but soon upgrade to an axe and a chainsaw as you progress. Furthermore, in addition to melee weapons and grenades, you also have access to psychic powers, which lets you instantly kill zombie clones by clicking on their heads and exploding their brains. Use of this is limited, and recharged if you collect the energy drops. The only issue with the game for me is that the pacing can be a bit slow, and if you get far and rack up a high score you may be reluctant to start over due to the time it takes to progress.
It’s easy to fall in love with Body Ladder because of its cartoony and colourful art style that is as attractive as it is fitting. If you think this game lacks class, then let me point out the fact that your character wears a top hat. It’s also hard not to love the game’s music and fun introduction cutscene. You can play this game for five minutes or go up to half an hour, and even though you probably may not return for multiple playthroughs, it does a really great job of giving you a splendid time.
Body Ladder doesn’t take itself seriously, and it’s a fantastic callback to senseless entertainment. It’s mindless, hilarious fun, and sometimes it can’t get better than that. You should definitely play this.