Game Review by Peter WY Brown
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls
Playing Singularis is a surprisingly enjoyable experience. The game is quite impressive, with a great amount of depth and game play considering it was made by just one man. At certain points, you cannot help but laugh at the humorous story, and at only $14, the price of the game is also just right for multiple hours of fun. Note: The publishers reduced the price to $7.50 as of November 30th 2009.
A magical black cat floats high in the sky, and gives inspiration to everything that lays eyes upon it. For a small protozoan named Proto, this inspiration is a dream to become the most powerful being in the universe. To achieve this, he commands the player to help him invade increasingly powerful entities and take control of their central nervous system. While he believes he is in control of the player, the player is actually controlling his every move, which is rather ironic.
After a somewhat tedious beginning, during which you have no special skills and are only able to move, the game play in Singularis is actually very fun. You control Proto and explore various creatures, dodging or killing enemies in an attempt to get powerful enough to beat the boss and move on. Throughout these levels you encounter many enemies and powerups that make the game significantly less repetitive. Also, the dynamic levels and three difficulty settings give the game re-playability.
While nothing high-end, the graphics are very polished and clean, with an art style that draws the player in. With well-chosen colors and detailed environments, the graphics result in smooth game play and attractive design. Again, there is nothing groundbreaking about these graphics, but there are also no flaws of any kind.
The plethora of sound effects and soft, atmospheric music really add to the feel of the game. With an unobtrusive soundtrack, the background music purely enhances the experience and adds to the immersion. This is further fortified by the simple, diverse sound effects. Like the graphics, the sounds are not overly complex, but for a game where you control a microscopic organism, there is no reason for them to be.
Creativity and Innovation
This is the only area where the game lacks a little bit. While it has a good, original story, there are many games similar to this in game play, and the experience is not too original. The bosses also have no very unique abilities causing the battles to be largely generic. It just feels like Singularis could have been made equally well as a simple flash game, and this is why innovation and creativity are not its highest points.
Buy the game if:
– You enjoy casual adventure games
– You like silly humor (all-powerful floating black cats)
– You want to fight many bosses
Do not buy the game if:
– You want a long, intense gaming experience
– You hate games that try to be funny
– You want linear levels with only one path