Teslagrad is an indie title that melds a variety of items to solve puzzles in a Metroid-style map and a steam-punk universe. The game just released under a week ago for Steam and will also appear on the Wii U.
The gameplay is based around magnetism where with the help of a glove that changes polarities of objects as well as a wide variety of other tools, you solve puzzles and destroy monsters. The use of magnetism to create bridges, stairs, and even as a weapon creates a very unique spin on gravity. The exploration of the game feels like a Metroid or Castlevania title, where you are given a large map but are forced to collect new abilities to pass through previous un-explorable areas created a nostalgic feel for me. For a puzzle game, Teslagrad has a very fun (yet frustrating) way to combat with bosses. Since your character can die unlimited amounts of times, each death means repeat the boss. The first boss had me confused until I realized to follow his patterns. The focus on magnetism in the combat never breaks the game’s flow while also adding urgency in your actions due to how death works.
The steam-punk presentation with the retro-styled graphics mix well. The colors are both bright and vibrant or dark and bleak, to always fit the situation. The light created by magnets and electricity match the “glow” look that they are supposed to be. The music, like the lighting always fits the situation and never felt either too quiet or too loud. The game is presented well as a steam-punk title as you can hear the steam and gears, the electric currents and the crackle of lights. You see the dreary darkness of the Tesla Tower, the locale of this title. You listen to a well put together soundtrack. And you feel like you are in a Steam-punk universe.
The game features innovative gameplay that can stump the best of us and its exploration aspects create a sense of depth. This title would be a title you complete and then wish to replay to beat your past time or score, similar to that of the Metroid and Castlevania series that this title seems to draw influence from.
From the time I’ve spent with Teslagrad, I’m very impressed and despite its difficulty at times, I don’t have a hard time continuing it because the exploration and gameplay are great and I feel immersed in the game. I highly recommend this game to fans of games like Metroid for the exploration and games like Portal, AntiChamber and even the classic Prince of Persia for its fun puzzles and occasional frustrating yet redeeming progression. This game seems more for the hardcore gamers, but I think anyone can get a good experience from this game. A good game with good potential, can’t say its shocking to give it a Silver Game rating.
Overall Score: 8/10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer / Publisher: Rain Games
Available On: PC | Linux | Mac OS X
Console / Handheld Versions: Wii U (Spring 2014) | PS3 (Spring 2014) | Vita (Summer 2014)
Played On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
(Bonus: Score Breakdown)
- Gameplay- 25/30
- Graphics- 4/5
- Online Capabilities – not applicable
- Replay Value- 7/10
- Overall- 36/45, an 80%.