Story (Progression Based) - 40%
Graphics - 77%
Audio - 83%
Gameplay - 90%
Replayability - 92%
We all played with playdough at some point as young and developing humans, and probably loved it. Claybook takes the nostalgia of that playdough sensation and turns it into a virtual course of clay puzzles and hours of fun.
Claybook is a 3D physics based sandbox platformer, a mouthful is you ask me. The game gives you a puzzle or course (if you must) that gives you objectives to complete within the given time frame, rewarding you with podium medals (Gold, Silver or Bronze). You get a few objectives, whether it be breaking open water tanks, consuming other clay pieces around the claybooks or moving from point A to point B while overcoming obstacles , it gets tedious though as each levels don’t add new objective but rather carry the same ones in different situations.
Graphics and Physics
The developer did a really great job here, bring the different clay styles to life without making it overly bright, giving it that “real feel” rather than a cartoon version of our childhoods. The game itself, gives off a relaxing feel with its gentle colours and soft presence, the only issue I had was the creepy kid that stares at you as you play the rounds (He is supposed to be you in game), it is terrifying. The physics are really great, the feel of the different shapes maneuvering through the clay, and how they impact the environment seems really genuine and authentic, nothing too overboard and exaggerated.
Sound and Audio
There really isn’t too much to say about the audio in this game. The mood is set with slow and relaxing tones and music to keep you calm. The ambient sound creates an environment you would want to slap your headphones on after a long day at work and just play with clay.
Having never heard of this publisher/developer prior to this release, I was pleasantly surprised. I had no glitches or jitters, no game breaking bugs or fixes that I noticed need to be done. The game is solid and is one of those playable at times when you don’t want to play anything, a mood setter and game changer. These games have never been a preference for me but I thoroughly enjoyed this title. I would recommend this, even as PvP gamer, I enjoyed the break from the constant hell that is life. Give this game a try.
Reviewed on: Playstation 4 and PC
Available on: Playstation 4, Xbox 1 and PC (Steam)
Genre:Action, Casual, Indie
Age Rating: 3
Publisher/Developer: Second Order
Estimated RRP: R199
Release Date: 16 February 2018 (PC AND BOX 1), 31 August 2018 (PS4)
- Great atmosphere
- Beautiful Visuals
- Great Physics
- Tedious Level