Tuesday, June 12, 2018

We Take a Look at Epic Loon

This past weekend I managed to stream an indie game named Epic Loon, by Macrales Studios and Ukuza Games a fun little platformer that will ruin friendships. This is a supplementary review, if you want to see my first impressions of the game right after I was done playing it, go check the video down below.

Epic Loon is a quite difficult physics platformer where you play as an alien blob that has possessed a VHS belonging to a movie aficionado named Joe. Your sole purpose in life is to ruin Joe’s favorite movies. Clearly, Joe is not to keen on that, and he will do everything in his power to dispose of you and your alien comrades. I have to say, I really loved the visual of the game, and the little live action intro video, it really put me in the mood of the game. The whole “VHS player” setting lends itself to interesting challenges. Joe will fast forward or rewind the tape in order to make your life miserable.

The gameplay is fairly simple, move and jump in your regular alien form, stick to surfaces and fling yourself to other platforms in your goop form. Simple as it might be, the game difficulty ramps up pretty quickly. There is two modes, Story mode and VS mode. I only managed to play the story mode but I gotta say, your alien friends will get in your way and ruin your life. I played Epic Loon by myself and with a bunch of NPC’s because I had nobody to play with, but still, the suckers proved to be just as annoying as any of my friends. I believe that multiplayer is the best part of the game. This game feels specifically designed to play with multiple people, you know, a fun party game that will make you want to strangle your friends. That’s where the replayability of the game lies, after all, there’s not too many levels, four movies in total.

Each level is a parody of famous movies like “Jurassic Land” or “Noferacula”. Even though there are only four movies, they feel quite lengthy thanks to the difficulty. You gotta traverse through different iconic scenes, reaching the portal that will take you to the next one before your friends. I do have some gripes with the game though, I found myself stuck in some parts of the game and it definitely didn’t feel like it was my fault. I couldn’t finish the Alien themed movie just because I found myself out of the level somehow and the AI was too stupid to beat it in order to progress. Even before that, there was a level where I needed to use some alien eggs to travel across the map but due to the nature of the physics of the game, the things bugged off the map making the level ten times more difficult! Also for the life of me, I couldn’t find a way to lower the volume of the game. I had options to turn the voices, sound effects and music off but I couldn’t lower it. These are small complaints that can easily be fixed with future patches though.

My time with Epic Loon was a blast! I intended to stream the game for an hour but I end up streaming for two hours and some change thanks to the salt coursing through my body! You do get some rewards for completing each movie, a costume for your little alien, and I wasn’t going to leave without unlocking that stupid yellow raincoat from Jurassic Land! All and all if you like difficult physic platforming games or if you want to start a fight with your friends, this game might be for you.

Have you played Epic Loon?  What are your thoughts on the game? Let us know. Thank you to Macrales Studios and Ukuza Games for allowing us to play the game. Now I return to the deepest darkest corners of my dwelling. Good-bye, for now, my friends. Before I leave follow me and check out all the games I stream Luiggi Cavanna 


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