The moment I saw “a mix between Portal, Zelda, and Metroid” I was sold on Supraland. One of the most amazing things about Supraland is the fact that this game was made by just one person! When you look at the graphics alone you will wonder how on earth that was even possible!
You can download Supraland from Steam. There is a free demo available so you can try the game before you buy it.
The Game Review
Let’s start with the story. The page on Steam underplays the story, but I think the little bit of story that is here is awesome. Basically, you are a little red toy who has been sent by the king to go all the way to the other side of the sandbox to talk to the blue king about the ongoing war. That is all there is, but man it is so charming.
You play as a toy in a kid’s backyard and this kid stands over the sandbox like he is some kind of god! The overall art style and presentation is lovely and it gives the game a lot of heart. The animation of the different creatures that you encounter is also great. Again, I have to say that this was made by just one person and that is mind-blowing to me.
This is a first-person game and I would say it is like a mix of Portal and Symphony of the Night. The game is a large open sandbox and the world is yours to explore any way that you want. The world is quite large and you will come to areas and think you are at a dead end. Only to get a new ability later on and then be able to explore an area that was previously inaccessible.
The whole game of Supraland just keeps you guessing right from the start. It is so awesome when you have a hunch about an area and then find out that you were right and there is some kind of treasure there. Due to the open-end style of gameplay, I would bet that more than likely you will tackle the game very differently to the way I did.
There are plenty of puzzles for you to solve too and I was impressed with these. These are not easy puzzles by any means, but if you actually think about them you will solve them. Sometimes you are missing an ability or object and will have to come back. In all I found the puzzles fair, fun and challenging and that is the perfect mix.
The combat is way more fast paced than I thought it would be. In many ways, I felt that the combat was more similar to games like Doom and Quake than some kind of action RPG. You can move pretty quickly and this makes combat a lot of fun. It is even more fun when you get some of the “special” abilities that the game has.
I think that talking about a game like Supraland is really hard as it is the kind of game that you have to experience to realize how special it really is. There is so much to see, do, collect and figure out that it can be overwhelming (but in a good way) at times. The game
- The story has way more charm than you would think
- Play the game the way you want to
- The presentation is incredible
- Combat is fast paced, action packed and fun
- The puzzles are handled very well
- There are tons of things to collect so it requires a big time investment
- Some may wish it had a tad more