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Yupitergrad Review

Quirky, atmospheric, and a whole lot of fun

Reviewed by Chris P on 5th October 2020 on HTC Vive


Review

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but the unique name and stylized graphics grabbed my attention whilst browsing upcoming VR games, and then after reading the description it piqued my interest enough to give it a go, and so I did, and I had a great time playing it, finding the grappling/swinging method which you use to traverse through the games enjoyable levels a real change in pace to anything else I have been used to.

I had tried one swinging game before, called 'Windlands' but that was a long time ago on the Oculus DK2, and although I enjoyed it, I was playing with an Xbox controller so I really wasn't blown away by it at the time and found myself just wanting to get back on the ground and run around, however I never got that feeling with Yupitergrad, as using motion controllers it felt natural and was incredible fun to swing around and it soon became second nature. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes the look of it. It can be challenging at times, but the level design and locomotion system make it great fun to play. Give it a go!

Graphics & Presentation

The graphics are cartoon-like in style and really well done, and I found they really suited the gameplay, allowing for super smooth locomotion whilst grappling your way around the extremely atmospheric levels.

Sound FX & Music

Sound was again great, with really good atmospheric sounds, music and voice.

Gameplay & Immersion

The gameplay was great, kicking off with a launch into space sending you on a mission to Jupiter, and I found the descent onto the planet a really great and exhillerating experience. The game really nailed the mechanics of the grappling and swinging and it was super fun to use. Level design was great, and although challenging in parts, it never got too frustrating and I was always wanting to see what the next level had in store, so the game pulled me in and wouldn't let go.

Controls

As already mentioned, the controls are what make this game what it is, as you use mainly a grappling hook with suckers to get yourself around the space station, which is huge by the way!

Value & Replayability

I haven't finished the game yet, but have around 5 hours on it. I'm glad I bought it, as it's a great experience, but I'm not sure if it's the sort of game you'd want to go through again a second time around, so I'd say not much replay value in it, certainly not for me anyway, but still well worth getting.

Final Thoughts

A really awesome game, unique in style and with one of the most fun locomotion systems I've come across. You won't be shooting anything, as it's all about exploration and avoiding traps, but it is incredible fun and very atmospheric. Highly recommended.

  • Wonderful stylized graphics
  • Fun and addictive gameplay
  • Very funny tongue-in-cheek red army humour
  • Difficulty is spot-on
  • Once your done not much point going back

Reviewed by Chris P on 5th October 2020 on HTC Vive

7 out of 10

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