Developer Will Sykes delights us with a must-have collection of mini-games that span a range of genres including platforming, racing, volleyball and football set in a monochrome 2.5D moon-like environment.
In Perfect Universe each level of the game has a varying strength of gravitational pull which makes for some awesome crazy physics. Will said “I really wanted to build a game that’s fun to play but also different –it’s easy to learn but hard to master due to these random gravity factors. The unpredictable force of the gravity means that if you time it just right, for example in one game, you can glide from planet to planet. It is both frustrating and addictive to play.”
There are nine game modes – 3 single player and 6 local multiplayer. The multi-player mode includes diverse and entertaining mini-games to play. Take a look at your friends’ faces when you whoop them – something to be enjoyed only with local multi-player.
Single Player option
The three single player games collectively have over seventy levels. Each level is timed and recorded on the global leader board server where you can compete against friends or try and go for the world record.
Perfect Moon – sees some classic platforming as you control a man collecting stars
Moon Life – control the feet of an alien in this QWOP-like game – much harder than it sounds
Star Light – fly your rocket ship through the galaxy in a Thrust-like game where you’ll soon learn that you need less power and more placement to navigate the tracks
The six multi-player games are collectively known as Sports Day Events in which you can compete on your own against AI opponents or against up to three friends.
Moon Golf – an interplanetary game of golf
Gravity Dodge – four player game of alternative gravity dodgeball
Balloon Pop – scramble to pop more balloons than anyone else!
Rocket Ball – football but with rockets!
Moon Volley – a game of volleyball around a little planet
Space Race – rocket race against friends
All of this is tied together by a beautiful art style with highly detailed environments and stunning animation. The black and white style of Perfect Universe blends perfectly with the gameplay, it appears as if it has landed on a blank canvas directly from someone’s imagination. The art style combined with the relaxing (in theory) yet challenging gameplay set in a peaceful world, is an experience that you have to play to understand.
Perfect Universe has enjoyed 100% positive feedback during its limited time on Steam and is now set for a May 17th on PS4.