Youropa from frecle ApS is first and foremost, a puzzle platformer. Players will embark on a journey as their nameless character adventures through the fragmented world of Youropa. Does the game’s topsy turvy aesthetic and gravity defying wall walking set itself apart from other titles though? Well, a lot has to be said about this.
In Youropa, players will take on the role of a colourless humanoid character that’s devoid of any facial features. After a brief tutorial stint, you’ll soon encounter your first customization pad and will be able to spray paint various facial features onto your character. The customization options available are satisfactory but may be a bit difficult to get to grips with.
Nevertheless, this is not worth spending a lot of time on because should you get injured later on in the game, the spray paint you painted your character with can fall off. This was a lesson learned the hard way.
Platforming in Youropa is simplistic at first with your character having to only make it to an end doorway within a floating island segment. Upon passing through you’ll be taken to the next level and the process repeats. Each time you do this thought he game introduces something new to the mix. Light up door control pads, hidden collectibles and 3D objects that you can push abound.
Youropa’s platforming is both incredibly satisfying but almost rage inducing at times. While players may gain access to an ability to scout out the entire level they are currently busy with, some of these levels will take some serious brainpower to complete. More often than not you’ll find yourself walking off a platform and falling to your death. Doing this over and over until you succeed can get really frustrating at times. Nevertheless, should you persevere on, the sense of success you feel upon completing a level is quite praiseworthy.
Youropa isn’t a game for everyone because of this. If you lack the patience or dedication to a puzzle platformer that pushes you to better yourself each time, this game isn’t for you. The built-in level editor is a fun addition and when the game launches, creative players will absolutely love this feature. The level creator may be the game’s saving grace when it launches later this month. It also helps that graphically, the game is gorgeous with the skybox and view of the city below being breathtaking.
If you’re a fan of puzzle platformers, have a lot of time to dedicate to a game and don’t mind failing multiple times over as you push yourself to succeed, Youropa will interest you.
Our Review is coming soon.