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GROOVY Review

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Overall - 20%

20%

GROOVY is a broken game. The physics, gameplay mechanics, and even graphics are lousy, and will lead to a bad time.

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It’s a well known fact that physics-based games live and die by their engine. SGS Team’s GROOVY, inspired by titles like Super Monkey Ball and Marble Madness, completely “drops the ball” in that regard.

GROOVY Review

In GROOVY, players take control of an otherworldly ball as it navigates an obstacle course. Though players can customize the color and aspects of said ball, there’s not much of a story or anything else to speak of. Not like a game about a giant ball would be a riveting tale, but the spartan (and ugly menus) make it seem more like a mobile game that was ported over than something well made.

Divided into four classes, the levels themselves don’t even have names. Though the game will only take a few hours to complete, said hours will feel like an exercise in tedium. Players take control of a ball and must complete tasks like collecting pieces of dark matter around each level. Even if you were to complete each objective in the short amount of time allotted, players are judged by the time spent completing each level. Better times net more stars, which are needed to progress past a certain point. This is a monumental task, and completion does not give off a feeling of satisfaction. Those who complete the game past a certain point can unlock a Survival mode, but the standards present there are even more strict and are not worth the effort.

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This would just equate to a mediocre game, but the game’s physics are broken. There is no sense of momentum, and the wide chasms mean that death is imminent. Players are equipped with a jump, but it is more vertical than horizontal, and will have people flying in place. A double jump is available (and is an absolute necessity), but it does not help out much and uses a “gas” meter. This depletes far too fast, even in the earlier levels, and feels like it was not managed properly by the developers.

Rounding things off is a downright ugly presentation. One look at the screenshots, and you can tell that this game is not a looker. The high contrast, the out of focus look, and the Windows 95-styled menus clash heavily with one another. For a game released recently in Unreal Engine 4, this is a travesty.

GROOVY is a broken game. The physics, gameplay mechanics, and even graphics are lousy, and will lead to a bad time.

This review of GROOVY was written based on the Steam version of the game. The game was purchased digitally.

Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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