Love+

by Spook on July 20, 2014
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Item Reviewed

Love+

Author
July 20, 2014
Release Date

September 6, 2012

Genre

Retro, Indie Action, Adventure, Casual, Platformer, Arcade

Synopsis

Love+ is a minimalistic platforming game with a retro aesthetic and a focus on a challenging but not unfair difficulty. It has an innovative respawn system 11 levels, 12 track soundtrack, online leaderboards, and a unique custom level creation feature.

Systems

PC

levelupstudios-suretobebanned-loveplus-boxart-450There comes along only once in a lifetime your true love some say. Luckily for you though, this is a video game and these come around a lot more often, are so much easier to find, are easier to understand and are unquestionably with you for the long-haul. Love+ is a journey but the tender loving care takes a backseat to the tricky levels you get here.

Love+ is very much like many other games that came before it and, believe it or not, that’s probably it’s best quality. That’s something I wouldn’t say about a game like Grand Theft Auto V necessarily. It’s honestly a breath of fresh air. The style, sound and visuals will take you way back to a time before Nintendo, Super Mario Brothers and Punky Brewster.

The game is extremely short but its actually by design. Depending on how familiar you are with the Atari consoles, you may already know that they were almost always score-based games where you’d try to beat your previous high-score each time you fired it up. There were a couple that actually had endings but for the most part, Atari games brought simplicity, action and well… high-scores. Defender and pong will give you a solid idea of what kind of experience an Atari gamer would look to have.

The coolest thing about Love+ is that you can pick your level of difficulty. That in and of itself isn’t amazing but it gives a ton of replay value in a way that most games do not. It blends the high-score system together with a definitive ending so that you know you’ve got this limited ceiling, but you’ll probably never reach it and you may even want to try until that fact destroys your self-esteem. It is score Love+based, mostly depending on how many times you die. I died a lot. And while It looks like a walk in the park, it plays just like a tight-ass Atari game. That’s great, it’s very unforgiving. That’s what we came to know back in the 80’s and 90’s though. Think of games like Mega Man 2 and the endless onslaught coming at you. It never feels hopeless though, you’ll see your obstacles and you’ll get past them without too much profanity most likely. It really is an experience where you shut the world off and just play because it’s fun.

A lot of newer gamers who weren’t around in the early gaming era probably won’t be blown away just by looking at it but I can guarantee that the gameplay will captivate all. I can see people in an arcade, shoulder to shoulder, people behind the player waiting for their chance to play through it. Again, it’s very short so it can be played by about three people from start to finish in an hour, even dying a lot during, but it’s well worth the small price-tag of only $2.99. It took me about 20 minutes of a horribly sloppy run-through, on easy so I had unlimited lives, to beat it. I immediately went right back, a level harder, and died even more because it was that kind of compelling. I just finished up my second run through, on normal, and it literally took nineteen minutes with playing overly cautious. It’s just fun and at the end of the day, isn’t that why we play games?

It also has a neat deal called Love+ Custom where people can create fun levels and you can play through them. There’s some added value for any who are unsure of whether or not it’d be worth paying for.

 

There’s also a demo available which you can grab over on Steam, all you need is a free Steam account:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/269270/

Look at it this way, try the demo and see what you think. If you like it, it’s a penny less than $3.

The Radical!

Audio and visuals are retro-sexy
Difficult but not hopelessly
A ton of fun
Replayability
Cheap price of $2.99

The Bogus...

Tight controls
Jumps can be unforgiving
Could've been a bit longer overall

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7.5
Audio
7.5
Gameplay
10
Creativity
9.0
So, here's what's up:

The negatives aren't really even negatives, it is the most solid Atari-like non-Atari game I've ever played. It feels like the original Super Mario Brothers during a castle level. With the custom game, replayability, free demo and cheap price, get on it!

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  • July 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Sounds like my kinda game, I’ll have to give it a go. I wonder if it’s available on any other platforms. It looks like something I’d love to have on my 3DS.

    • July 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      I dug around a little but didn’t find anything about it being on any other platform aside from PC. It definitely would do well on the 3DS, mobile platforms like Android as well. It’s super small, the controls are basic and it’s light so wouldn’t take much in the way of graphic abilities at all.

      You should download Steam, it’s always giving out free games to try and has a ton of demos. The system requirements are almost nothing and the download for it is small as well. It’s easy to grab, just goto the game page on Steam that I linked to and click the demo button. The demo is actually pretty long considering the length of the game. Plus it’s easy to use Paypal to buy anything ‘if’ you ever wanted to.

      There’s a completely free game over there called “You Have To WIn The Game” that should definitely be right up your alley. It’s top-notch and the full game is free and small to download, your PC would rock it as well. Slap an Xbox 360 controller in the usb port and it’s a lot of fun to play these. Look up the demo of VVVVVV as well, highly recommended. Stupid hard though. Haha. But no worse than those damned difficult Mega Man games.

      I’m getting long-winded but check out “Magic Rampage” from the Play Store on your phone. It’s completely free, too, and should be something that you’ll really like and will remind you of gaming decades ago.

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