Bullet Point Impressions: InnerSpace for Mac
InnerSpace. No this is not a Martin Short / Dennis Quaid movie; it’s a Kickstarter funded game from PolyKnight Games where you get to fly around (and swim a bit, too).
Of course, there’s always a little more to it than that…
For as long as they can remember, the people of the Inverse have looked down at the sky, to the locked door of the Ancients, and wondered: What is beyond? For ages they have lived here, built their cities around the mysterious megalithic ruins of the ones who came before. Amid such mystery and grandeur, the people know only one thing for certain: Once, a long time ago, gods lived here.
Now, at long last, an archaeologist of the Inverse has unlocked the door of the Ancients. As his cartographer, it is your purpose to soar through virgin skies, dive into lost oceans, and chart the unknown. In a mind-bending world of inverted physics, discover relics of the past and uncover the true history of the Inverse, and what that holds for its people, its gods, and its future.
Here’s your visual sample of that mind-bending world of inverted physics:
I’ve been charting the unknown for a few days now, and will report back with our full review in the coming days. In the meantime, here are my first impressions of InnerSpace.
- The scenery is slightly disorienting as there is no real “up” or “down.” You can fly in any orientation—as with a space flight sim—which also makes the game a bit challenging.
- The sound effects are musical and somewhat soothing.
- The flight controls are not too bad; if you’re used to flight sims it should be easy.
- On the other hand, the tutorial could do a better job of walking you through the calibration and use of the controls.
- The game is of the “look around everywhere until you find some stuff” variety, and is therefore somewhat slowly paced.
- However, the visuals keep things interesting.
- The aforementioned backstory is not terribly original, but engaging.
- At least as far as I’ve gotten, there is no dying, just taking time to find everything.
InnerSpace is available now on Steam for $19.99. If you like a more sedate game and prefer exploration and visual splendor over twitching and combat, InnerSpace is worth checking out. Our full review will be coming soon, but you can go learn more now at Aspyr.com. I