Review: Euflouria HD Vita Edition

eufloria (4)

Eufloria is an ambient game of space exploration and conquest that employs surprising themes of plant growth and bio mechanical evolution. The game allows the player to explore a beautifully realized universe rendered in a style that is both unique and compelling.

eufloria (5)

Pros:

  • Sublime easy on the eye graphics that look simply wonderful.
  • Relaxing music with brilliant sound effects.
  • Controls are easy to use as it’s all touchscreen.
  • Tutorial broken into small chunks which teach you all you need to know to play the game.
  • Best experienced with headphones.
  • Game starts off simple but soon evolves into an epic, addictive romp.
  • Exploration mixed with tower defence await you.
  • Skirmish mode for when you just want to drop straight into the action.
  • Adjust the game speed whenever you like.
  • Two difficulty options that can be changed at any point.
  • Gameplay revolves around you using your seedlings to scout nearby planets and grow trees on them, Creating more seedlings. Planets have unique abilities that aid you in battle and exploration. The seedlings are also your soldiers that fight other colonies within the area.
  • Winning at a level is not necessarily just to wipe out the enemy, Oh no, It could be make so many trees on so many planets or it could be just finding one particular planet. Gameplay evolves just as much as the seedlings do.
  • The animations of the seedlings are great, especially in battle. But the true epic moment is, Zooming in on a planet and watching a tree grow. Dont believe me? Try it out for yourself.
  • You can zoom in and out of the action depending on your preference. Zoomed out everything like seedlings and planets look like dots, Where as zooming in gives you up close detailed seedling battles over planets.
  • Seek out and find hidden artifacts.

eufloria (3)

Cons:

  • Later story levels spike in difficulty and can be quite frustrating.
  • Once you finish story, There is little else to bring you back minus a few revisits of skirmish mode.
  • If you dont like seedlings or trees then you wont like this.

eufloria (2)

In Summary, This is yet another fine example of an Indie game doing the business on Vita. The screen and touchscreen controls really make the game pop. The music compliments the game perfectly and I urge you to play it through headphones so you can fully immerse yourself in the world. Its another one of those little gems that you can catch yourself smiling as the game unfolds before your very eyes, From the hectic seedling battles (that look and sound amazing btw) to the sheer sense of scale when it comes to scouting out new planets. Do yourself and Your Vita a favour and grab this game when it hits the PSN this month.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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