Abstracta


Abstracta

9/10

Abstract – A 20th century style of painting in which nonrepresentational lines, colors, shapes, and forms replace accurate visual depiction of objects, landscape, and figures. The subjects often stylized, blurred, repeated or broken down into basic forms so that it becomes unrecognizable. Intangible subjects such as thoughts, emotions, and time are often expressed in abstract art form.

Abstracta – a game of basic shapes and actions where the goal is to earn points and dodge mines. Abstracta is a really enjoyable dodging-style game. The obstacles are mines, or ghosts, or enemy planes…well, these are actually all true. The interesting thing about this game is you can pick up various power-ups to change the style of the game from a dodger to a variation of Pacman on up to an odd clone of 1942.

The mouse is all you really need to control Abstracta. Hit the space bar if you need a break. When you reach a boss you’ll start firing automatically so don’t worry about your guns. Gems and mines will drop from the top of the screen; gather gems of the same color in a row to increase your score exponentially, or just grab everything in sight for points. Every gem that reaches the bottom of the screen will give you one point.

Not unlike abstract art, you’ll find that the graphics in Abstracta are more representative of shapes than anything. This is especially apparent when you enable the plane mode or when you encounter a boss. The animations are decent, but what’s really impressive is the sheer amount of objects that end up appearing in this game. It’s worthwhile to play the free mode just so you can see what all the developer has put into the game.

A mute option is available in the options menu when you pause. Sound and music can be muted separately from within this menu. The music is some pretty mild downtempo, just moves right along with the game. Sound effects are pretty varied and their volume is equal to the music, so that’s a nice feature.


9/10. Excellent variety with the graphics.


10/10. Awesome gameplay involved here.


8/10. Great audio.


9/10. Really interesting idea with the different modes and being able to unlock different powerups.


8/10. As always, can’t go wrong with the mouse. This may not be touchpad-friendly, though.

Abstracta is a really fun game and it’s well worth playing through a few times to see what it’s like. 9/10

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