I haven't played this game for a long amount of time, but I am a strong believer in the idea of gamers deciding on their opinion of a game within the first few minutes of gameplay. So, armed with my little experience wiht this game, I decided to write a review, telling others why Solar 2
is not that good a game and is not worth a great deal of money.
First of all, one of the most important mechanics in a game to make it fun to play are the controls, the perfectly sensitive mouse controls and their transition to controller in the indie masterpiece Jamestown
being a prime example of this. However, this
game begins with you controlling a meteorite drifting through space. 'An intersting concept,' I hear you utter towards your monitor, 'I would like to see how this game would work.' The game has you control the meteorite with a mouse, which is probably the best way to control something like this, begging the question, 'How did they get it so wrong?'
Your meteorite ends up shooting through space at rediculous speeds (where did its inertia come from? I don't know, but that's only part of my point) and stopping is virtually impossible. Velocity is not controllable, and you end up staying at a constant speed. Then, a mysterious voice asks you to do certain tasks, such as 'Helping your metorite friend become a meteor' by colliding it into other rocks. Again, I hear you saying: 'This is interesting Portal
style humour, this could be my cup of tea after all!' Trust me, it isn't, as the preciseness required to complete this mission is unachieveable at the speeds you are travelling at and with the sloppy mouse controls.
Now, one mission seems a bad thing to put a game down on, but all the missions require the same amount of accuracy that is just impossible to achieve. Some missions also repeat themselves throughout the game, and, if you were to 'die', you are spawned in a random position, meaning you could spawn next to an über-powerful enemy, and 'die' once again instantly, or spawn literally minutes of game time away from any missions, planets or any sort of civilization.
This is not a review saying 'This is not my kind of game'. Instead, it is saying avoid this game at all costs. My point in that statement being if you saw a review saying 'It's not my kind of game, but others might enjoy it' on games such as Air Control
, Ride to Hell: Retribution
, Towtruck Simulator 2015
, Ashes 2012
and Dungeon Keeper Mobile
, would you buy it? In the same way, avoid Solar 2, as you may well soon see it in a list among those 'games'.
Luckily, I recieved this game in a Humble Bundle
, so I didn't pay full price for it. Please do not pay full price for this atrocity.