Indsendt: 18. februar
Glare is a pretty neat little platformer with some interesting and fun game mechanics, the controls are pretty tight, and it has fairly nice graphics, but it somehow still manages to be somewhat bland. Glare doesn't offer much incentive to clean the planet of the darkness, the character shows no emotion (to be fair it is just light in a suit of armor, but still!), and the game really could have used some sort of narration to make the player care more about the planet they are sent to rescue.
The main issue I have with the game-play is that the boss fights are uninspired. Each boss is essentially the same, only with increasing numbers of standard enemies floating around the central thing you're trying to destroy in a small circular area where you just float about shooting. If you're going to make a platformer with clever platforming mechanics like snapping to lantern-like objects by using your light glaring power on them or zip-lining on beams of light, then why not use those cool platforming mechanics in a boss fight?
Another beef I had with this game was that you are supposed to look for hidden artifacts as a kind of bonus treasure hunt where you need to look at areas off the set path, however while doing this I accidentally ended up going back a much earlier area which I could not return from, and thus had to re-run the whole area... with all the enemies respawned. If you're going to make players search for hidden objects, don't make it so painful; it's meant to be a pleasure to run around looking for those things, not a tedious chore which could punish you for looking in the wrong spot.
I really wanted to like this game, but it just felt a little soulless and not enough incentive was given to push forward. You're supposed to be ridding the world of darkness, but all enemies respawn, and when you do get to a kind of a darkness-infected pool-thing, control is taken away from you and the game does the work for you. Comparatively, in "Waking Mars" I felt like I was doing meaningful work by terraforming Mars and making it habitable by planting alien plant-like lifeforms to create a stable ecosystem. Glare totally missed the mark on this front by not letting the player feel that they are making a difference by cleaning the darkness from the planet.
The final word?
If you want to save a planet, play "Waking Mars". If you want to play a pretty 3D-like platformer, play "Trine".
5/10 Would not illuminate.