Is the cube controller worth a look or is too edgy? Find out in the review
Edge comes from the people over at Two Tribes Gaming. They’re also the company that brought us Toki Tori 2 as well. Like I mentioned before, Edge is one of the three games on the Nintendo eShop and pays homage to old school games. What I mean is the music is retro sounding at times.( 8bit) The game gives you the option to download/buy Toki Tori 2 from the main menu of Edge. Is the game worth a look?
You play the role of the Cube, going around collecting prisms strewn throughout each level. The left control stick on the Game Pad controls the Cube, but you can use the D-pad as well for controlling. Your score is affected by how fast you travel through the level as well as the number of prisms you collect. You get a letter ranking in your score reflecting your performance in the level but the only way to get an S rank is to collect every prism in the level, which isn’t easy to do.
Game play is easy enough at times but gets tougher as the game goes on. Like I said before, you can use the D-pad to control your Cube but it feels like the controls could have simpler. At times, I felt like the controls weren’t as responsive as they should have been. When you made a mistake, and trust me you will, things happen too quickly to respond. It felt like the layout of the controls were tough at times to master because it felt like the controls were inverted for no reason. I experimented with the Game Pad by flipping it around to try and make the controls easier but the same issues persisted.
Easier said than done is to put the Cube on its edge and if you can do that, you can shred seconds off your time because you get Edge time from the move you performed. That could be the difference between an A rank and an S rank. To help out, there are mini help videos in the level when you roll over the question mark spot.
You’ll see a move that you can make next to get through the next part of the level. It doesn’t hold your hand throughout the whole level, which raises the toughness factor. If you do get crushed or fall off the playing area you get to restart at the most recent check point. There really is no indication of the check point so at times you might restart where you thought and other times you might start farther back.
The game has that retro-platformer feel to it, in terms of toughness and music. Like I said before, the game doesn’t hold your hand along the way, just like games of the past. It also has that 8 bit sounding music along with tons of levels to play, each more challenging than the last. You can also play the game on your Game Pad and it sounds and looks just like you’re playing on the HDTV. You can use the map at the top of the screen. It’s useful but tough to see everything on it. It does show the prisms on it however.
It’s good to see games going back to their roots of old school gaming in terms of sounds and music. The difficulty level reminds me of the NES days of gaming. The controls aren’t as responsive/tight as they should be but hint moments help you when you might be stuck. At times the action happens too quickly on screen to respond and make a move. For what the game is going for on the eShop (2 bucks) and the amount of content and great music, it is totally worth it. It’s these reasons that I’m giving Edge for the Wii U a 7.5/10. The game does good things but it also has some issues. Two Tribes Gaming makes some of the more interesting games and more of the games that make you actually think and don’t hold your hand the whole time.
Score: 7.5 / 10