February 07, 2014

Surge Deluxe Review for PS Vita... And US Copy Giveaway! [Winners Notified!]


Futurlab, the game developer behind Velocity Ultra for the Vita, just released a redo of a mobile puzzle game from 2012. Should you pick up this mesmerizing $5 Vita title? Read the review and decide (and maybe win a free game code!)…...

We've gotten a lot of puzzle games on the Vita and they are quite varied in their styles. This review will focus on the graphics, sounds, and challenges you get when you play Surge Deluxe.

First off, take a look at the trailer for the gameplay to get an idea about what you'll be getting!



Surge Deluxe follows the pattern of an addictive puzzle game: the general premise is easy to get but getting to the top of the leaderboards with ultimate combos takes a lot of time and ultra fast reflexes.

Different colors and shapes fill either side of a screen and you drag your finger through similar shapes to get them off the screen. Simple? At first. There are combo shapes, link shapes, bomb shapes, rainbow shapes... they all help you to clear the screen and get a higher combo score. Learning how to use them properly takes some time as the first time you are introduced to a new shape it only gives you a brief overview.

Bomb is easy to understand, but being able to strategize on the fly takes quick thoughts. 

Keep an eye on pressure. Activating the colored level increases combo score, but I'm still not sure how yet!

Graphics and sounds: Simple graphics, but colorful and flashy. Getting a great combo feels like you accomplished something cool when it tells you "Cyborg!" in a cool voice. Music is appropriately techno futuristic. Sound effects alert you to pressure danger, chaining combos... it all is very immersing and helps to build the addictive nature to the game.

Modes: You've got the main mode where you can keep getting level after level to try to reach the top of the leaderboard. You've also got access to "Puzzle" levels to clear an area, but you have to reach a particular score, which forces you to maximize the special shapes and combo moves. You'll spend a lot of time here. 

The difficulty? Each time you play the normal mode, you start at the base difficulty, which is easy to do. The real difficulty comes later when time is of the essence to remove colors to reduce pressure. Even though it takes a bit of time to get there, I found myself getting drawn into the puzzles and saying, "Just a little bit longer." The satisfaction of clearing a screen with a cool combo is pretty heartening. Keeping that going is the real trick. 

Verdict: Surge Deluxe is a good addition to the Vita's puzzle genre lineup. Just don't expect more than what you see. 
7.5/10 Good fun!
You will like this game if you: 
  • enjoy a quick to learn yet difficult to master puzzle challenge
  • need a game that is perfect in bite sized chunks, and its $5 price point won't damage your wallet
  • need to get to the top of the leaderboards!
You might not like: 
  • the limited gameplay (although random shape drops and access to "power up" shapes help to make it feel varied)
Thanks to Futurlab for the review code! And the giveaway ones, as well! 

I will distribute codes via the comment section on Saturday the 8th. 

Please comment below on why you think you deserve a code to download the game! (US only, sorry!) 

73 comments:

kaizere said...

and this is on ps vita because?

SixDee4 said...

This is good stuff. My wife has self published 3 books and I've been wanting to try my hand at it. I have a few good ideas for a book.


Congrates Steve! Is your book in audiobook form?

SixDee4 said...

Hay, I wonder if micro-transactions work on e-books? You'll get the first 2 1/2 chapters for $2 and right in the middle of a sentence, it will stop and you'll have to buy the next few chapters for $1. And if you want to read the last 2 chapters, you'll have to pay $2 again.


Yeah... I'm going to contact EA right away about this. Knowing them, they'll send me an electronic contract using the same formula with a $20 charge at the end to let me sign it.

yssf said...

I love puzzle games so I would like to get the code to try this game

Matt said...

"Thanks to PS Vita Hub for allowing me to share my story on this site.

I hope you get a chance to read my book and share the story with others. Thanks!"

H├ęctor Moraes said...

Cant wait to play! =D

John Doe said...

I don't deserve to win the game

steven1212121212 said...

I do say this is a fair review for Surge Deluxe. Having played the original on PSM, it's a fun game, an addicting one as well. FuturLab's dedication to the PS Vita is very welcoming, since they also have Velocity 2X coming out for the PS Vita and PS4.

We_Wait said...

My Vita is gathering dust and this game looks like the saving grace of my glorious handheld.

Ryan said...

As much as I love Futurlab and all the work that they do, I'm finding it hard to pull the trigger on this game. Not that it looks bad, per se, but I'm just not sure it would be a great fit for me. I'd love the chance to be able to sink my teeth into it guilt free. After all, I didn't immediately fall in love with the Velocity Ultra demo, but it later become one of my top all-time Vita titles.

bionicwheel said...

I haven't played a decent puzzle game in ages, my last one was catharine on ps3, this could be my first great one for my vita!

awesomation12123 . said...

i love puzzle games, so i think this will be an excellent game for me and my vita.

Josh101 said...

This is awesome Steve. I wish I had online accounts to purchase this. I'd rather pay you directly if I could. I would love to check this out sometime.

Alvaro Amores said...

OoO I love this games please give me a code :D

Amir Stuart said...

Because I like to solve stuff. :3

ParanoidPenguin said...

After picking Velocity Ultra, I'm confident I will love anything by Futurlab, and Surge Deluxe does not seem to be an exception.

Notanoob2222 said...

I'd love to win a code so that I have another game to play at work and to also hunt trophies for. Good luck to everyone.

Raymond Wisniewski said...

Oh My!

Jt23738 said...

I would like this game because it seems like a fun puzzle game and I don't have many games

Xbass360 said...

I totally love puzzle games and would be more than happy to give this one a chance!

dshuai said...

i want a code plz!!! day 1 vita owner

Jacon said...

I'm getting the game one way or another! My vita is the only thing that keeps me together during the semester at college and I'm getting a plat in Velocity Ultra soon!

Gabriel Boudreau said...

I need this soooo bad!!

george said...

I love these type of games so I wish I win

karim said...

I love my vita and I've been supporting it since it's release and I love futurlab games. I hope I win

joe said...

I have been waiting for this game because it's coming from futurlab and I am a fan of this type of games and I would like to get a code

raphael said...

I think I deserve to win because I never was given the chance to win anything valuable in my life and since I love gaming, that would be great if I win. Anyway thanks for you and for futurlab for the codes and the review.

rami said...

I can't buy any game because of my financial situation now so this game would be very welcome since it's from futurlab. btw good review, this game looks fun

WhiteVenom1993 said...

I need some more indie games to reccomend people to buy.

Hasbullah said...

I would really like this game because it's been a real rough week serving the country for me. I hope this would at least cheer me up.

elie said...

I can't buy this game because it is only a downloadable game and there isn't psn cards in my country so I will be happy if I get a code

vita4ever said...

This would be a great gift for me since I got nothing for my birthday last week

Gabriel Ortiz said...

Please pick me.

Sean Hayward said...

Haven't had a really good, original action-puzzle game to play in a while. Would love to have a new game to play on my month-old Vita!

exelystz said...

I think this will make my vita more awesome,even it is a puzzle,it would be great!!!

Sheen-o said...

Give me Vita a breath of life!

DJ.TOMATO said...

I played the first version and was quite fun, i was waiting for a deluxe edition ^^!

Lucian357 said...

i bought the Vita white edition, having faith that it would improve upon the game industry but I am getting worn out on the same old games. this game would help rekindle my passion for portable gameplay.

Marty DiBergi said...

I don't deserve it anymore than anyone else, but I would like to have it. The game looks quite fun but I'm worried it'll pass me by as I save for random requirements in my life haha

Steven Then said...

I would like to have the game for my wife. As i was watching the trailer, my wife was walking by and asked what game that was as she was intrigued by it. This never happens...It would be great to let her play it for valentines day :)

Chris Squeri said...

I deserve a code because I need one. I've come back in time to save the Earth and the only way to stop our robot overlords is with a PSN code for Surge Deluxe. It must be entered into a Vita then plunged into the brain of the main control computer. Think of the children!

chaleb said...

I need something to play on my vita!

Shay Batty said...

I got a Vita for Christmas and I love it, can't seem to put the thing down!! Just been looking for some more games. I enjoyed your review, this game looks like a delight.

Cel Rince said...

I'd love to get this game, been looking for a good puzzle one!

Ian said...

Because I love Puzzles!

Abdaluzez said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ,do you Really think I give a shit of what you say ,Go fuck your self.

Abdaluzez said...

I haven't won any giveaway it will be great to know how it feels.

Daniel Lie Tien Ee said...

I just finished dokuro and am itching for a new puzzle game. I just saw the trailer for your next game v:x2 and am so excited for it! Would totally love to win a code for this!

tony said...

I've been waiting for this game but I can't buy it now so I hope I win

Paul said...

My father needed money so to help him in his financial problems I sold all my vita games and winning this game would make me very happy since I can't buy any game now

leonard lehn said...

I just finished two hard months of studies in my university so I wish I will win this so I can play it while resting. Thanks in advance

Balansse said...

I love indie games, especially puzzles. A lot of the time I spend traveling, so I'll have a lot of time to dive into this interesting game! :)

AbrahamZX1 said...

Seems like an interesting game.

Rodrigo Laporte said...

Because I'm not currently living in the US, so I can't use my sh***y Argentinian credit card with my PS account, I can only buy physical games :( .... (still trying to find a way to buy Sound Shapes, with no luck)

iamsuperbbq said...

I need the code cause all I have on my Vita is freaking Jetpack Joyride.

Derrick Martin said...

Looking here that are certainly folks that need the code more - only Jetpack Joyride dude?! But I dunno, I like free things, and it would make me smile :)

ramarg91 said...

a code would be awesome, i love little pick up and play games like this

Davala said...

Who am I to get in the way of love? You win! EMail me steve@psvitahub.com and leave a partial email here for proof (s****@psvitahub.com)

Davala said...

WIn! Email me at steve@psvitahub.com and leave a partial email here (ex: s****@psvitahub.com)

Davala said...

Thanks! Do you have an e reader at all?

Davala said...

THat sounds like EA would back you up on it. Keep the capitalism goin!

Davala said...

Not in audiobook... how do you get that going?
And my advice? Carve out time each day to get any writing done. If you say "1/2 hour" and unplug anything else, slowly you'll get into the habit of it. But it really is all about making time for yourself.

bionicwheel said...

Thanks for choosing me. That's my partial email : bion*******@gmail.com

bionicwheel said...

I haven't played a decent puzzle game in ages, my last one was catharine on ps3, this could be my first great one for my vita!

Davala said...

Nice try. Could the real bionic wheel reply? I can click your picture and see your latest comments, which you copied the original comment 7 minutes ago.

Steven Then said...

s*****14@gmail.com

bionicwheel said...

ryanwheel**@gmail.com

Luis Diaz said...

I love games that challenge my mind but with 5 kids it's hard to afford games

Ahmad Abdul-Rahim M said...

Too late? :(

Josh101 said...

No I don't :/ You should email me though or message me on PSN. We can set something up, maybe you could mail me a copy lol

tkempin said...

The only game cartridge I've bought for the vita was killzone mercenary. Every other game I got free or at a discounted price due to ps plus.

Dante Twitch said...

Dude, you are one giant douchebag, you know that?

Dante Twitch said...

Another douchenozzle. Nice.

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