Posted: December 29, 2013
Ballpoint Universe is truly an astonishing game with a unique artstyle since everything in the game is drawn with a ballpoint pen! The graphics are so detailed and you can really see how much love and passion has gone into making the game. For this to be a game made by only three people, it's amazing.
Now that I've gotten that covered let's talk a little bit about the key features and gameplay. The story isn't too linear and you can choose if you want to do a mission or not which is good because it means that you are not going to be stuck on a part just because you are unable to beat it. You can in a sense explore the hand drawn world freely just to admire the artstyle and graphics. The controls are pretty good although the mouse might sometimes bug out a bit but it doesn't seem to be such a huge deal. The game is a shoot-em-up adventure indie game and even though I don't consider myself a big shoot-em-up fan this is really quite enjoyable. The whole shoot-em-up aspect of the game is relatively well excecuted and it is fun blowing evil doodles out of the sky.
There is a fair amount of customization/personalization of your spaceship and there seems to be a lot of different weapons and accessories. The currency ingame is ink which makes sense since that is what everyone and everything in the game is made of. The ink that you collect through missions can be used for things like weapons for your ship and spinning the wheel of fortune for more ink.
As for the story there is some but for the hardcore story fans it might be too little of it but this isn't the kind of game that would need a really heavy story. If I was to try and explain the story I would probably say that it is basically about a doodle who is helping his fellow doodles in the fight against the evil doodles which in the game are called Logicians.
The game also features some great relaxing music and even though the tracks are pretty repetetive you don't want to turn it off.
It costs barely anything and you could easily get several hours out of it. Even though I haven't dived into it too deeply yet I can see myself playing it for more than a few hours when I get the chance. Even if you aren't quite sure if you want to buy it or not you should really consider it since it really is an experience to say the least. Innovative games like this one is what makes me love indie titles as much as I do.
I won't deny that the game has a few flaws but I believe that even the harshest critic could have a really good time if you try to see what the game does good instead of what it does bad.
An overall great game and for the little money that you spend on it, you get so much out of it that it kind of is a must buy for almost everyone.