Uriel’s Chasm is a game that many people will not love and will not enjoy. It’s a different sort of game and it doesn’t happen very often that I play a game this weird. Naturally, the word ‘weird’ can be interpreted both ways here, but I mean it in a negative sense, I’m afraid.
The game is approximately 30 minutes long and it’s unclear, unfocused, amateuristic and, above all, pretentious.
It’s supposedly about religion and faith. That’s what the ‘story’ led me to believe anyway. But this story mostly consists of (seemingly random) Bible verses, sometimes spoken by a person that clearly has no passion doing this.
The FMVs are also uninteresting and, in my opinion, hardly add anything to the entire game.
Gameplay-wise the game consists of several genres; you start the game in a ship shown for a top-down perspective and it’s your goal to collect more faith than what’s in the garden. This can be done by shooting meteorites while also avoiding them and one, large, rotating monster (I think ?).
Meteorites will sometimes drop bible verses, which you can then collect to increase your faith meter. You have to take into account that moving will decrease your fuel meter and hitting enemies will decrease your faith meter. Shooting your guns will also deplete your ammo meter. If any meter completely depletes it is game over.
If you’ve collected enough faith the game will continue to the next part which is a side-scrolling shooter. The goal there is shoot your enemies or to just avoid their gunfire and kill the boss at the end of the level. Looks simple, but the collision detection is poor and as a result is sometimes fairly frustrating.
The last part is a platformer. You just jump around finding trees/crosses that show you verses from the Bible. There are no enemies and you can’t die here. But the level does rotate so it might be a bit confusing and disorienting to some. This should be simple enough for most of us.
Like I said, all of this takes approximately 30 minutes or 1 hour max if maybe you don’t play many games.
The graphics are retro and in 2D, which look ok. Some of the graphics are a bit hideous but overall it all looks decent enough.
And despite what you would think the music is pretty good. But that’s about the only real thing I enjoyed I guess.
The user interface is obtrusive and way out of proportion and clutters the screen. This is completely unnecessary. The text is also annoying to read, because it changes colors every second and, yes, this is also too big for the screen.
So, if you still haven’t got the impression that I didn’t enjoy this game then this review is probably worthless to you. But if it did make sense to you then I suggest you stay away from this game. Even if it goes on sale (which shouldn’t take that long if I had to take a guess).
Faith in humanity: lost.