Steam Greenlight Spotlight: PlatforminesCategory: Gaming
Posted: October 6, 2012 06:01PM
Platformines is Borderlands 2, if Borderlands 2 was a 2D platform shooter with retro graphics. Developed by Magiko Gaming, Platformines features randomly generated worlds, filled with all sorts of enemies. Like Borderlands 2, you'll find a plethora of randomly generated guns to aid you in your battles. You start with a mere pistol, but you'll soon find better pistols, shotguns, machine guns, and bazookas. Oh, and you'll also find hats/heads that improve your stats as well – yeah, emulating Borderlands 2 wasn't enough, so they threw in a little Team Fortress 2 as well.
Magiko could have stopped there and Platformines would probably still be an enjoyable experience, but it does add a couple unique aspects that make the game feel even fresher. Platformines laughs at all those other platformers that feature double-jumping – welcome to quadruple-jumping! Some hairstyles even give you an extra jump on top of that, for some nice quintuple-jumping action. But be careful! There is fall damage, so you may want to hold onto your last jump in case you start plummeting to your doom, so you can pull off a last-second save.
While quadruple-jumping+ is cool, the game's most unique feature is how it handles energy (health). As you take damage, your vision diminishes. As if fighting enemies wasn't hard enough when low on life, imagine if you could only see a few pixels around you. But as challenging as the game may get, remember you can always just farm easier areas for upgraded loot. There's also a home base you can teleport to from various spots in the world, where you'll instantly regen all your energy, as well as be able to trade loot and save your game.
Best of all, you can download the PC Beta to check out the game for yourself! If the game has one negative, it's the lack of mouse support in the menus. This is tolerable for most of the game, but makes buying and selling loot extremely tedious. One could argue that Magiko is simply keeping the retro feel, but to me, a PC game without mouse support in the menus just screams laziness. Thankfully, the laziness ends there, as the rest of the game is quite fun, though the controls do take some getting used to, particularly the shooting. This type of game would lend itself very well to the twin-stick shooter configuration (WASD for movement, arrow keys for directional shooting) or to 360º mouse-controlled shooting. I understand the latter not being supported, as it would completely change the game mechanic, but the twin-stick shooter would work perfectly here.
All that being said, you should download the beta and try it out for yourself. It's got shooting, loot, and randomization. What's not to like?