Space Otter Charlie Review (Steam)

Space Otter Charlie Review (Steam)

Adorable characters? Check! Makeshift weapons? Check! Otter dressed in a foam shark suit. Umm. Check? Join Charlie and his ragtag team of sea mammals as they jump, float, and rocket through Otter Space in this Zero-G Puzzle Platformer.

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 1.24GB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Own in-game achievements complete with pop-ups when unlocked.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen and resolution.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Comic book style cutscenes.
  • Action puzzler gameplay.
  • You move around in zero gravity, you stick to walls thanks to mag boots, and can use a jetpack to move around freely, a fun fast way to travel is if you slide as you land.
  • Clear arrow marker to show where you are jumping.
  • Basic tutorial pop-ups.
  • Lazer gun-shoot debris and blockages to possibly earn parts for crafting.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Collectibles-user logs that give more stories and background text.
  • Map-shows pickups, markers and objectives.
  • Physics at work like holding onto a crate and shooting to move it around.
  • Death resets the room.
  • Guns and thrusters have a bar that dictates how much you can use them.
  • Find secret rooms.
  • Build bot-find blueprints, collect materials and create them with these guys that you find in the level.
  • Blue orbs-collect these to replenish shields.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • A very chilled laid-back approach to puzzle play.
  • World map level select.
  • Ship-hub where you can deposit any collected blue spheres, build the bot, and level select.
  • Levels will show objective complete percentage, and any resources that can be found.
  • Orbital training-repeatable area where you can do Shmup style rooms and earn bonus blueprints.

Space Otter Charlie Review (Steam)

Cons:

  • No real replay level.
  • Multiplayer is local only.
  • The movement and aiming takes some getting used to.
  • Can feel like a mobile game in terms of length.
  • No way to rebind controls.
  • Minimal graphic settings.

Space Otter Charlie Review (Steam)

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

Summary

Space Otter Charlie is a brilliant action puzzle game. You navigate planets and collect materials so you can craft upgrades and new abilities all whilst controlling your own gravity movement. It’s a bright colorful game with eye-catching cartoon graphics and a fun cast of characters. It’s all very polished and plays really well once you get used to the twin-stick style shooting. You will discover new planets with new challenges and can attack these in multiple ways, what I really liked was just how accessible and fun it all was, finding secret rooms and backtracking for more materials was always a good laugh. Space Otter Charlie is a brilliant little game.

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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