Grapple is an indie game developed by Tuesday Society and published by Midnight City and Majesco Entertainment. It is available on PC and Steam, all of which can be accessed through their website.
This game has three modes: speed run, challenge, and normal progression/story. The game does a good job of teaching you the controls through cute little gifs that are strategically placed throughout the levels. One thing that took me a bit to get used to is that your movement direction is dependent upon where your crosshair is facing. I found myself unable to move at times when I wound up up-side down and realized it was because my crosshair was right on top of me, so simply changing my view allowed me to move. That being said, there is going to be a lot of mouse movement, especially in later levels.
The game has a very nice pace and still allows for players to pick their own speed. Grapple is physics based, and momentum feels amazing in this game. I have overshot my target and died as a result quite a few times, and yet I couldn’t help but smile as I watched myself get flung into space. Speaking of space, the environment is top. If you like space themes and moving around at the speed of light whilst flinging yourself around obstacles, you will love this game. Respawning in Grapple is also really quick. Just double tap “R” or double click and off you go again!
There are also these green cubes you can collect which I soon gave up on because I kept dying because I got the trajectory wrong. Although when you do get one, it’s permanent meaning you don’t have to get it every time you die. Perfect for you completionists out there!
The soundtrack is a great fit, allowing you to just relax and enjoy the game or keeps you focused if you’re speed running. The soundtrack is also available for download on their website if you want it.
- Difficulty: Medium
- Gameplay Score: 4/5 (Simple and effective. Only gripe was with camera based movement but that’s part of game mechanics so I just need to improve.)
- Graphics Score: 5/5 (Background is literally space and color choice and obstacle design gives it a nice linear feel without being too cluttered.)
- Music: 5/5
I got this game while it was on sale on Steam for just $1.99 and it is well worth the price. Heck, even full price is just $7.99 so be sure to grab it! There is also a demo which is available again through their site so check that out for more details!
See you next game! -DecoyEC has logged off.