• Friday, April 18, 2014

GAME REVIEW

BOSON X

Tahmid
RATING: 9/10
RATING: 9/10

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android

An endless rotational runner, somewhat reminiscent of the pointless games every household would have in the '90s. You run and you jump. That is just about all you do. You accelerate when you run along the blue panels. The red panels sink as you step on them. There is no up or down on the inside of this decagonal prism, which claims to be a massive particle accelerator. With each level, called an experiment, you discover a different particle. The default running speed, the panels your professor will encounter, the colour scheme and even the way panels appear on screen vary with each experiment. Once you've discovered 5 particles, then the elusive X Boson particle is up for discovery through the final experiment. It is a fairly tough game with a genuine sense of accomplishment waiting at the end.
The animation is smooth, the colour scheme and display simple and elegant. The screenshots will not suffice to strengthen my point on the aesthetics of this game.
Boson X loses points because there is no way to pause it. Pressing Esc will redirect you to the level selection menu with no scope for continuation. I do not appreciate how pressing an additional directional key in the middle of my jump will bring me down from the jump. Also, the background music is forgettable. It turned particularly bland in the final experiment to discover the X Boson particle. FYI, I'm running v1.0.4 and it is completely bug-free in my experience.
The game gets some extra points for being Alt+Tab friendly, only 10 megabytes in size, and cool with me running my own background music. It's free on the PC. The license may allow for modding; I'm not too fluent when it comes to legalese. You can effortlessly connect to the internet to compare high scores. You don't need to be registered with Game Jolt. Simply enter a name for the leaderboards and you're there.
It would be nice if there were a greater variety of scenarios. By that I mean the order in which the platforms appear, not experiments. When you attempt each experiment as much as I have, it becomes easy to predict what will happen next. It would pose a more interesting, varied challenge if there were more combinations of platforms to tackle for each experiment.
I've mentioned the music twice by now. What I do is turn the music in the options down to 0 percent and then play the Hotline Miami Soundtrack, starting from the second track, Hydrogen; Renegade from the Retro City Rampage soundtrack works just as well. You can download it for free from the Retro City Rampage website. I've also tried Ken's theme music from Street Fighter. That works too. It's all a matter of preference.
The game uses the Lotech engine which makes use of various open source libraries. For more info, you can download the game and check the two txt files that come with it. Boson X can be downloaded at http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/
boson-x/17690/. Or simply go to www.gamejolt.com and search
for Boson X.

Verdict: Mindless fun which is why it's insulting if you can't complete it.

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, February 23, 2014

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