Over the past couple of months, I’ve played numerous games which perfect the easy to learn, hard to master feel. However, each of these titles have attempted to innovate based off another’s formula, instead of going into the past, where some of the best mechanics lie. Take one look at Inversus, and you’ll recognize that it’s doing exactly this, a move other games haven’t exactly attempted. So does it work?
Inversus’s gameplay is as simple as can be, but that doesn’t mean the game suffers because of this. There are actually a lot of different play-styles you can tune yourself for, and it’s really interesting to see how these mix with other people. But by far the best part is with one wrong move, you get the ultimate consequence and nothing less. (death)
Story & Design:
Even though Inversus is simple, there’s new tricks you’ll learn each time you play, which not only strengthen your expertise, but make the game tighter mechanics-wise. You can pick up on these a lot quicker if you play both of the game’s tutorial, but the discovery of them feels so much better in comparison.
Presentation/ Visuals & Audio:
Inversus also contains a worthwhile amount of content, which feels like the cherry on top to what it already provides. There’s the retro-inspired Arcade mode, the combo-focused Globe, and the limited Castle. Although some of these have slight flaws, they make me think about the game in ways I otherwise wouldn’t have.
I couldn’t be talking about Inversus without mentioning it’s main showcase, the Versus mode. This is the most fleshed-out experience you’ll be getting, and for good reason. Playing with friends equals an even more chaotic nature, and a stylishly implemented switching colors mechanic will lead to nothing but clutch moments.
Other notes in the presentation include a high-production soundtrack and online settings. Unfortunately, most of the game’s flaws exist in this space. I came across frequent issues that I wouldn’t expect of this game while testing a couple of matches, and to see it continue after was truly disappointing
Inversus is yet another great multiplayer game to grace the current generation library, but I think it excels slightly more than it’s competitors. The ways in which it redesigns simple concepts into addictive gameplay I haven’t seen in ages, all equalling entertainment at it’s highest caliber. I do wish the online settings were fixed, though!
Inversus gets a 8/10 (Very Good)
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