Thursday, January 18, 2018

"The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human" Review

Set in a post-apocalyptic year 2971 in which the world has sunk underneath the ocean and our savior Kevin Costner is nowhere in sight, it's up to you to spelunk the depths of the flooded landscapes with a dinky little submarine.

Set in 2D and bearing more than a little influence to the notoriously tough swimming level in the first NES "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" title, the setting forces you to adapt on the fly to cheap attacks from enemies, making your way through backtrack-coaxing labyrinths as you strive to survive, and, through a trickle of upgrades, thrive.

If you're not initiated with the hells of old-school NES deathtraps, think the "Steamworld" franchise, only with no overworld. You are tasked to search out hidden depths, slaying sea creatures who want to reduce the world's human population from one to zero.

It's easy to find yourself lulled into complacency by a chain of peaceful corridors, only to have the door slammed in your face, "Dark Souls" style, with a brutal choke point that forces you to work on your abilities to launch and defend attacks from all angles.

While a little archaic for some tastes, those who can withstand the trial, error, more trial and wheels-spinning will find the charms that lie in this game's depths.
Publisher provided review code.

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