Spheroids is a 2D side scrolling platformer created by the Indie game developer Eclipse Games.
You take control of Lucas, a jumpy Canadian boy who sets out on an adventure with his crazy scientist companion Otto after it’s discovered that the government has been hiding alternative universes from the cubic world they live in. Unfortunately, these alternative universes contain spheres that wish to turn everything round, so it’s up to Lucas to save the world from these dangerous aliens: the Spheroids.
Spheroids is the type of game I remember playing as a child, it’s a simple looking game with bright and colourful cartoon graphics that anyone will find pleasing to the eye. All you have to do as an objective is make it to the end of the stage and pop all the balls on the way there.
You get to use weapons created by a strange scientist called Otto which get upgraded each time you complete an act and there are usually around 4 stages per act, set in a different country of Lucas’ voxel based world. Your main weapon is a harpoon which is effective at popping the spheroids. Early on in the game you will encounter bubbles which you only have to pop once, but as you progress further you will find bubbles which split into smaller bubbles. Eventually the terrain will start getting trickier and you will have to start using a grapple to traverse the large gaps, I found it difficult to time the shots of the grapple when making that leap of faith to the next platform.
As you make your way through the level you collect tokens and at the start of each level you get the opportunity to go into a shop which looks like a giant arcade machine – spend your tokens wisely as the upgrades aren’t cheap. You can buy temporary upgrades which make the current level a little bit easier or you can buy permanent upgrades which will make the harder stages easier to tolerate. Saving your tokens for the permanent upgrades may be the way forward if you can put up with the grind of collecting them.
Some blocks are breakable and contain power ups which drop on Lucas when broken, be careful as they can also allow the Spheroids to drop down from levels above you.
What makes this game run so smooth is the fact that it runs at 1080p 60FPS, any less might have caused latency issues as the levels can get very hectic – it would have gotten frustrating so much quicker if there was lag on the game.
Spheroids is a short game with around 30 levels that will take about 5 hours to complete for the average gamer. Simple controls for character movement and weapons but I sometimes found the grapple unresponsive. Including this game’s flaws, it’s still an enjoyable game for any gamer who enjoys arcade style games such as this.
Score: 6 / 10
Release Date: 10/2/17
Spheroids is also available on PS4, PS Vita, Steam and Wii U