(This Review may contain Spoilers)
Uriel's Chasm is a very weird shoot-em-up/side-scrolling shooter/platformer, the shooting sections are "Bullet Hell", term considered for games with a lot of bullets in the screen while having you to dodge.
- First things first -
This game is religious and really disturbing. Let's make some notes before actually starting on the game.
1- The game is always in fullscreen and you can't change it to windowed (F2 is usually a common hotkey to toggle fullscreen in games made in Gamemaker and other engines);
2- You also can't bind your own controls, and the game does not provide you instructions, it just throws you on the level without explaining anything;
3- The game has no pause function, and if you press "Esc" by thinking you're going to pause, you're going to go all way back to the main menu and then first level of the game;
4- The beginning of the game starts with a camera-recorded scene with two women, called by themselves as "Shovelware Queens", I didn't really listened to that, but along the progress of the game, you may hear and watch more of these parts (including a guy later on). The quality is abysmal and there is no subtitles either. I didn't wanted to actually turn up my volume because it could be a prank (as if the game wasn't already).
- Story and Levels -
The story of the game, by all honesty, I don't know. It's a religious story that follows really weird by each level (I couldn't follow the story due it's bizarreness).
The first stage of the game is a shooter like the game Asteroids, from the Arcade. Your mission is to get enough "Faith" to proceed to the Garden. You can shoot with Z and move your ship with the Arrow Keys. You have a Life energy and Fuel energy. Moving it too much will consume fuel, and losing health by touching the Asteroids will also drain your health. There is also a big spinning jaw on the level (seen also on the Story cutscenes), that drain your health almost instantly.
The second stage is a side-scrolling shooter, you have 3 hearts (each hit takes a half of a heart) and you have to reach to the end by destroying baddies.
The third stage is a platformer that you need to rescue some people that will give you some descriptions after each one is free. Find all ten and proceed to the weirdest part of the game.
The fourth stage, by all honest, I haven't beat. The game had a huge difficulty spike (the difficult increased greatly between the first three levels to the fourth). You have to kill a boss on a Shoot-n-up style that you can only go Left and Right, and again, you only got 3 hearts. The boss shoots really fast projectiles that I can't even dodge so well. The design of the boss and the stage is really disturbing, which is also another reason why I didn't want to beat this level and this game.
I don't know if there are other stages, but I read this game is relatively short.
- Game art -
Uriel's Chasm art is not pretty. It attempts to make it retro, but there's also too much stuff on the screen (like the big spinning jaw). The graphics tries to be somewhere between 8-bit and 16-bit, but it fails miserably. The music, is bad, some levels have cool musics, but the rest may be very generic musics with no tension for that level. There is no fourth level music, you only get a lot of people screams.
- Conclusions -
I don't recommend this game for being really short, bad art (Music, graphics and story), being way too expensive (even though I got this for free, I do not like it) and really disturbing. If you get this game for free like me, and you wanted it only because the Steam Trading Cards, please do not play it, keep it on the Main Menu and Mute your computer's volume, and after you're done with, uninstall and never touch it again.