Review: GARAGE: Bad Trip (Steam)

Garage is a bloody topdown shooter inspired by VHS era B-movies. You play as an ex drug dealer named Butch, who single-handedly slays hordes of living dead to save a girl.

Pros:

  • Glorious pixel art style graphics.
  • 970MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support. (Best way to  play it)
  • Graphics options- Fullscreen, Resolution and graphic preset.
  • Slight tutorial help.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and Hard.
  • Top down action shooter gameplay.
  • Simple controls.
  • Gore Galore.
  • Difficult.
  • Break boxes for loot.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • Has a VHS style presentation.
  • A refreshing approach to storytelling.
  • Has a speedrun feel to it.
  • Satisfying.
  • Combines action with bullet management.
  • Many weapon types from guns to melee.
  • Fantastic soundtrack and sound effects.
  • Fluid gameplay.
  • Secret areas can be found.
  • Dark atmosphere.
  • Can take a “Trip” with the graphics going all wireframe and shakey, Gameplay is slowed down and it is all brilliantly executed.
  • Combine twin-stick shooting with horror aspects.

Cons:

  • Hitting smaller enemies like rats are infuriating.
  • Small levels.
  • Short game with around 5-7 hours of story.
  • The slight learning curve in regards to the melee weapons, You charge your swing but cannot move where you swing and this takes a while to click.
  • Difficult.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.2/10

Summary

Combining horror with top-down shooting has never worked so well. Not content with just that, They chuck in strong horror elements, Ammo management, and lush environments. It all cumulated into a solid fun experience if a short one. Luckily as it is a tad difficult, They do add in generous checkpoints and levels are generally the same in terms of loot so you can memorize levels and plan strategies. In short, it is a small game but is so fluid and fun its a wonderous little game that you cannot help but enjoy. A must for horror or ammo management friends. It’s a trip!

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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