Review: Spoiler Alert Collector’s Edition

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Spoiler Alert is a video game that tests your platforming skills… in reverse. It’s a comedy platformer that you play backwards.

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Pros:

  • cartoon style graphics with some great cartoon influenced levels.
  • Gameplay is very much a reverse platformer. By this I mean you start at the end of the game and see the credits, Only to have to play through the game backwards and work your way back to level one.
  • Full 360 pad support and is the preferred control method.
  • Controls are simple, the game plays as a runner title so all you have to do is jump at the right time and occasionally press a trigger button for special moves.
  • Auto saves after each level.
  • Three worlds to work your way through, I would say unlock but they start off unlocked in a manner of speaking.
  • Humour is present throughout the game with comedy hats, power ups and dialogue.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Fast loading game and even hitting restart or re starting after a death is near instant.
  • The game is so accessible and fun to play, has a real mjust one more go mentality.
  • Cheap price point.
  • Small file size.
  • After finishing a level you get a rank of either gold silver or bronze. Factors are for things like time  taken and deaths occurred.
  • Unlock bonus levels and speed run game modes.
  • Level creator.
  • Loads of replayability.
  • Bite sized levels that can vary in length but never outstays its welcome.

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Cons:

  • The game itself is really short and can be done in just over an hour, Even less if you have good reflexes.
  • Some levels are so short and uneventful that you wonder why they bothered to add the,m, instead they could easily of tagged it onto another level.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Achievements outside of the usual Steam pop up happen in game, They take up a large part of the screen which can obscure your view.

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In Summary, For what you pay you do get a decent little game, its charming and fun to play which is more than enough criteria to warrant a purchase. it is short but it is another example of a very small unused genre. Playing games in reverse is nothing new today but it always has an air of brilliance about it. The game here is very basic and is not that challenging but the unlockable game modes are. This is where you get your reflexes tested. So in short if you fancy a quick quirky game then you’re in luck. if you want more bang for your buck then this is not for you. Like a drunk Smurf at a Christmas party, Its short but fun.

 

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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