Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Free/Indie Game Review: Paper Venture - Quick and Simple Fun

Title: Paper Venture
Platform: Flash - Plays in browser
Release Date: November 18, 2010
Developer: Arcade Armory
My Rating: 8. Pretty fun and will not take
long to beat.

   Paper Venture is a cute little Flash game that most people will be able to beat in a single coffee break. The game challenges you to guide a basic figure through thirty levels without hitting any saws, hitting your head, or going off screen. This is a platformer in the simplest terms of platforming. It will take you back to the days of Super Mario Bros. The story is very basic: the character fell down a hole and you are guiding it back up.
   The controls are all mouse, which is refreshing for a Flash game. Your mouse cursor is the rectangle thing shown in the picture. You use it as a moving platform to help the character work around saws and get to other platforms. The character can also hit the side of the cursor to turn around. Seems pretty simple, yet there is enough of a challenge to make you have to repeat several levels many times over.
   I was a fan of the visual style from the very beginning. It is a basic layout. Everything is pencil sketched on paper. The mouse cursor looks like an eraser, to the point where I expected it to erase things as I went. It does not. There will never be so much that it will not be immediately obvious as to what to do. Avoid saws, hit walls to turn around when needed, make it to the door.
   The soundtrack for Paper Venture drew me in. It is a simple looping track. However, it makes the game feel like the platformer it is. I would have liked some sound effects. Saws should buzz and the character should scream when dying. However, for this version, the only sounds comes from the soundtrack.
   If you are looking for a quick, easy, fun, and free way to dispose of about fifteen minutes, head on over to NewGrounds Flash Portal and give this game a try. I promise, it is worth your time.

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