TL;DR: 4.5/5 Would recommend, Fun time waster for a cheap price, great music and gameplay, just look past the artwork.
I was looking for a new time-waster and although I normally purchase a cheap SHMUP or side-scroller from the PSN but I saw a couple interesting reviews for Concursion and figured I would give it a try.
I knew from the advertising material that it started as a bit of a Mario-Clone but it pretty quickly becomes a combination of the other games highlighted in the gameplay video. I was immediately reminded of some older Flash games that I had played years ago but the difference was I actually enjoyed playing Concursion for more than a couple minutes.
I have been replaying the levels after completion to go back for the time achievement and the extra Gem Shards that are hidden or hard to pick up, so I can effectively get two/three times the playtime for my money! (So far I have completely wasted my Friday night and Saturday, ‘cause that’s cool)
I have found myself replaying some levels incessantly, ala SuperMeat Boy, to try and best the time challenge (and also taken a couple breaks because of extreme frustration). It also has slight puzzle elements that were integrated just enough to not get annoying or change the game. Sometimes the Maze (PacMan) levels really got in the way of the gameplay, but those seemed to be kept to a minimum.
I loved that some story elements were included and the story itself, but I would have liked to see more, more voice work and MORE story to tie everything together. Essentially the worlds get “broken” apart and we are running around in them, but the story itself did not need to seem like it was also a little broken.
I thought the music was awesome, it helps the transition elements of gameplay a lot and is generally fun to listen to even when you are replaying a level over and over, I did not find myself muting the music or replacing it with my own, as I often do playing most games.
Unfortunately, I disliked the artwork as much as I loved the music, but as this is a first attempt from Puuba Studios I figure you have to choose where your money and effort go to. I did eventually become accustomed to it, and I did like how many of the bosses were animated.
I would love to see this game re-skinned and released for PSN (or Xbox Live) with some extra DLC, I would buy it again. Oh, and how about a Level Editor? I would love to remake some SMB levels with some of these weird tricks thrown in!
4.5/5 -- Because of the Artwork and my interest being piqued but not satisfied by the story I docked half a point, otherwise a perfect game to play for as long as you have and be able to walk away and pick up again later.