Review: Umurangi Generation (Steam)

Umurangi Generation is a first-person photography game in the shitty future. Set in Tauranga Aotearoa off the back of an impending crisis you are a courier for the Tauranga Express. Throughout the game, you will unlock a variety of lenses and equipment.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2062mb download size.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • Pictures taken are based on on-color, content, and composition.
  • Lofi, a bit of drum and bass, a bit of everything really type soundtrack.
  • Take photos gameplay.
  • Photo bounties-works as a mission in traditional terms.
  • FPS-style controls.
  • Seven shot types-close by, nearby, far away, standard, telephoto, wide-angle, and fish-eye.
  • Bonus optional side missions.
  • Earn money for taking photos.
  • Levels are timed.
  • Play how you want.
  • Deliver packages (photo bounties) to open the next location(level).
  • End of the level breakdown of all pictures taken.
  • It plays out like a find the object game but with a camera.
  • Checklist of bounties that tick off as you do them.
  • Gallery folder on your pc stores all photos and puts them in folders by location.
  • Free to walk around and explore the level.
  • Friends-you can pose them in a variety of poses for your photos.
  • Unlock new gear as you play like new lenses.
  • Hidden collectibles-camera film.
  • Very soothing and relaxing experience.
  • One of those games that teaches you without you knowing type deals.
  • You can edit photos.
  • Thought-provoking scenes.
  • Replay levels.
  • Finishing a level within the time is just an optional task so you can take your time and still unlock the next location.
  • Powerful yet simple.

Cons:

  • A lot of screen tearing.
  • Can’t get any hints or tips on locations or description.
  • Climbing around the world is clunky and difficult.
  • You have to do all bounties to finish the level and can’t stop mid-level.
  • It can be hard to translate what the thing is you are supposed to be taking a picture of.
  • No controller support.
  • No steam achievements.
  • I couldn’t see a way to stop it saving photos to my pc, overtime you rack up a lot of pictures which takes up a lot of space.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9/10

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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