Headlander Console Review

21st Retro gaming at its finest… for about an hour or two. This side-view thought provoking game jumps straight into the 70s. Immediately you feel like you are in a 70’s elevator. The music is very Premillennial futuristic alien movie, with a sci-fi vibe that will make you…

The Crit

Story - 59%
Graphics - 50%
Audio - 80%
Gameplay - 69%
Replayability - 45%

61%

Fun

Fun for the entire hour you play

User Rating: 3.2 ( 1 votes)

21st Retro gaming at its finest… for about an hour or two.

This side-view thought provoking game jumps straight into the 70s. Immediately you feel like you are in a 70’s elevator. The music is very Premillennial futuristic alien movie, with a sci-fi vibe that will make you feel like a kid again.

From the start you are given a choice of different heads (Characters) that you can play with. From then on, you are pretty much alone. The opening scene gives you some direction about where the story is going but ultimately you do not know what the point is. The humour is very present from the opening scene, which I can appreciate but I feel like they overplay it at points.  The tutorial is very basic, giving you “learn-as-you-go” experience. Initially, I anticipated the graphics to be very low-end and nothing on the amazing side… I was right. The colours are all filtered and look very bland, however, you get the coolest laser gun that expels a luminous; colour dependant on the suit you choose to inhabit.

 

On that note, the point of the game is very simple. You only really find out about this after the first “stage” is complete. The premise is to escape different spaceships by following a narrator that sounds like a poor man’s Samuel L. Jackson. To do this you need to jump from body to body by using your head to fly and land on different bodies. Did I mention that you are only a HEAD? The only human left in the universe and you are nothing but a head.

 

After a while, you get to use different bodies that have different abilities. You also can find hidden chambers that upgrade your head with new abilities. The puzzles in the game are quick to complete but need some serious thought. If you are one that gets frustrated by needing to do a puzzle over and over again, I would definitely recommend this game, it will drive you nuts. As you go, Earl (Cheap Sam Jackson), gets less involved in the puzzles and more involved in helping you between ships. This bothers me, because he keeps leading me to a new ship I need to escape, I don’t like Earl.

There is a lot more feature in this game that don’t really effect game play initially, like being able to dance randomly whenever you want. The thought behind this game was very witty and definitely had been worked on for a long time. It is a game I spent hours playing and trying to beat, however, once I switched it off I never really had the urge to play again. It’s immersion is not on the level of the likes of “Abe’s Odyssey” but it definitely draws you in initially. It lacks a GREAT story that will keep you intrigued. It was a good game for the first few hours and then it became tedious.

 

All-in-all I would say that this game is very fun to play, however, I do not think that it has the draw-in quality to keep players playing day after day. I would say for the price, which is R299 on PSN, you would really need dedicated time to finishing it in one sitting or I do not think it would be worth the money.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: 28 September 2016
Available on: PlayStation 4, PC, Mac OS
Genre: Metroidvania
Age Rating: 12
Publisher/Developer: Adult Swim/Double Fine Productions
Estimated RRP: R299
Release Date: July 2016

Likes

  • User Friendly Controls
  • Humour in characters

Dislikes

  • Low Quality Graphics
  • Replayability

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