Full Video Review at http://www.youtube.com/BrbteabreakTVhttp://youtu.be/YkAn7JhISaA
Outstanding art, kickass soundtrack, solid controls, awesome game mechanics, and did I mention a bit of science thrown in for good measure? Well that's Teslagrad, a 2D puzzle platformer where you use magnetism and other electromagnetic powers to explore the Tesla tower.
Go buy this game, if you for some reason you're on the fence at spending $10 on this awesome game keep on reading.
Puzzle platformers usually require 1-2 unique elements to help separate itself from its competitors, now while Teslagrad has these unique elements; it's the cohesion between all these elements which pulls the game ahead. You have to use all your abilities in order to solve the puzzles, which increase in difficulty and scale as the game progresses. It's in a Castlevania style and you can backtrack whenever you want, which you need to do if you want to get 100%. Backtracking is not a daunting task as you may think as the levels are constructed in a way so that the 2nd time through with your new abilities you can explore new areas and have an easier time getting through some of the puzzles.
The storytelling is also a strong point, with no spoken dialogue and no text the storytelling is done visually. While these are usually hit or miss in Teslagrad case it’s a hit and lets you have a unique experience.
The art style is something you have to truly see in action to fully enjoy, it's a mix of steampunk and realism, with many of the buildings giving this mid 1800s feel. Animation quality for the most part is high and they seem to match the time in which the game is set. It boasts amazing lighting effects which are seen as you use your electromagnetic powers, or fighting a massive furnace trying to burn you to cinders.
Now while there's no deep options menu the lighting effects can be toned down which is where most of your performance issues will arise, it's also not capped at 60FPS (THANK YOU!!!) and runs fairly well even on my toilet of a machine. Keys are fully rebindable and it supports a gamepad.
Then we get to the soundtrack, which is kind of amazing. These simple compositions choreograph amazingly with the backdrops; they're disturbingly beautiful as they give you this eery feeling while still being a treat for the ears. The sound assets are just as strong and certain sounds such as rain, which may be in the room next to you can be heard and increase in volume and intensity as you approach it, small things like that add to the atmosphere of Teslagrad.
Highly recommended for all puzzle platforming fans and it should still peak your interest even if you're new to the genre.