August 05, 2014

Metrico Review For PS Vita

Digital Dreams develops a Vita exclusive puzzle platformer, and the results are incredible. 

A lot of titles for the Vita are ports. So when I hear that a game is being built exclusively for the Vita, I hope that it is going to take advantage of the unique controls. Happily, Digital Dreams has accessed every tilt, touch, and turn of the Vita controller in Metrico to create a great experience.



First off, what the heck is a "Metrico?" Well, it's the old cliche, "You have to see it to believe it." Sorry. I'll include some game images and a playtest that the official us blog did to help out. But the game is at its core a 2D platformer with a puzzle element. You won't be avoiding goombas or collecting rings, you'll be making your way through an odd yet beautiful environment that looks like it came out of the dreams of a Powerpoint specialist. 



Images are "infographics..." graphs and charts, growth lines, and percentages. What look like mountains in the background are expanding pyramidal growths. It may sound mechanical and unpleasant like the graphing functions in Excel, but the way the game is put together is smooth and enjoyable. And the soundtrack is what mellows it all out further. Check out work from Dutch composer, Palmoben to get a feel for the synth groove. 

Not sure what this means, but I think I'm being judged. 

At some points of the game, I got a definite Sound Shapes vibe... partially through the graphics and musical interaction with the environment. The graphics and the sounds blend wonderfully. 

Varied environments... simple yet elegant. 

What about the difficulty? Each world introduces a new technique to use in your explorations. Initially you are just jumping to see how the world interacts. Then you start tapping the touchscreen to activate a projectile that can hit panels/images to trigger. Tilting the Vita, too, will shift the platforms around for you to jump on. After the intro to these "powers," you get an initial level that is a test to see if you get it, and then the puzzles get intense after that. Sometimes combining techniques you learned earlier. 



Some puzzles had me scratching my head so much I had to wait a while and come back only to try something fresh and "outside the box" and be mentally rewarded with the success! Sometimes it is finding the right combination and placement of your character that gets you ahead, and it is quite a rewarding experience that way. Don't worry, you can keep resetting each level as you make mistakes that can't be turned back and then redo it with the correct sequence in place to proceed. 

This puzzle had me going for a LONG time

So why won't you pick this game up? PS+ members? There is no need to skip this gem, it is free for you on the Store when it updates on the 5th. Everyone else? If you like puzzle games, platformers, a smooth sountrack, then you will totally enjoy Metrico. 

Verdict: 
8.5/10 Great!

A Playstation Vita exclusive gem. High quality simple yet elegant visuals, devious yet rewarding puzzles, and a soundtrack that blends it all into a beautiful package. Not to be missed!

Here is the "hands on" from the US PS Blog for a taste. 


Let us know what looks most intriguing to you about this game. Are you going to pick it up? 






22 comments:

Melucine said...

This and Road not Taken are the games I am mostly waiting for tomorrow!

Grand Jaggi said...

Me please

tonyp1987 said...

I thought it was gonna be boring but it looks very interesting

Winterminute said...

i need to win the game or else my family will die

Davala said...

are you on ps+? give it a shot!

mowmow said...

thank you for the chance

Morbid Desire said...

Weeeeeeee

tonyp1987 said...

No not now I cannt afford it some bad stuff came up school for my son and other stuff....I really am thankful for the free rogue legacy game

Gigueur said...

Oh God of Random, please pick me!!!

BruthaBatts said...

Thanks for the giveaway! pick me lol

Nomad said...

This is what I bought the vita for ?

Silencedsocom said...

Wow I would love to have this game to make me feel better about having to start school back up in a week.

jokubelis said...

I Want ! :DDD

mrpete987 said...

Yes, actually. There's a decent amount of cool game play features that make specific use of the Vita hardware. I hope you've tried the game before making statements like that, because it's really excellent.

mrpete987 said...

It's great. You have no excuse to try it. It's very addicting.

Thomasos said...

I want it!

Husnain said...

Hi! Your the winner! please leave a partial email here and email admin@psvitahub declaring your the winner. Example:


JohnA****@gmail.com

iANiMeX said...

Woohooo! Thank you! Been wanting to play this game and finally will have a chance. You guys are awesome!

inzay*****@gmail.com

tonyp1987 said...

I do its called super tight budget right now since some bad stuff happen and.I have no spare money to spend it really sucks right now but I know good thing will happen one day

iANiMeX said...

Redeemed successfully. Thank you so much! :0

Davala said...

agreed!

Tony Botello said...

Really hope I win this one :)

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