About The Game
Stunning animation affords challenging gameplay that you must have to play to understand. Easy to learn, hard to master - its fresh original style is great fun to play.
Three single player games with over seventy levels, each is timed and recorded on the global leader board server where you can compete against friends or go for the world record.
Perfect Moon - classic platforming as you control a man collecting stars
Moon Life - control an alien in this QWOP-like game
Star Light - fly your rocket ship through the galaxy in a Thrust-like game where you’ll soon learn that you need less power and more placement
Compete against friends or challenge AI opponents in Sports Day events
Moon Golf – an interplanetary game of golf
Gravity Dodge – four player game of gravity-defying dodge ball
Balloon Pop – scramble to pop more balloons than anyone else!
Rocket Ball – football but with rockets!
Moon Volley – a game of volleyball
Space Race – rocket race against friends
Perfect Universe will probably be one of the hardest games I review in 2016.
So hard in fact this is my third and most definitely last version of it.
When you love a game the review is easy it just flows, of course you have to try and bring some balance to the proceedings but from the playing to the writing it never seems like a chore.
When you hate a game the playing part can be far more difficult especially for reviewers like me who are determined to give it a fair number of game play review hours.
But writing it is still generally a fairly easy process while again trying to offer some balance to the areas that you don’t hate or at least areas of the game others might find appealing.
My younger care free gamer self would have loved this game, the reviewer, editor, farther, and works 80+ hours a week me can’t quite muster that same amount of love or enthusiasm.
It has 3 single player games 2 of which I think are very good and all of which offer 3 star targets completing a level within a select time frame and online leader boards for the world record chasers.
In addition there are 6 sports day events that can be played with either a single player or up to 4 players in on one console (cpu can take control of non human players)
The sports day events are more than just quick mini game throw away games too.
They all feature a number of stages and combinations.
Moon golf for instance has multiple courses across a range of difficulties
The 3 single games offer a decent amount of challenge and online leader boards with sports day adding a good amount of multi player challenge to go with it.
Difficulty or perhaps rather control skill is where I fell down on this game again and again and again.
Not the moon golf in particular I actually started to get the hang of it after the preview video filming.
For the record I’m a fan of more difficult games and I’m generally harder on games that I can start up and beat with relative ease.
I’m also annoyed more than most when I see a review that was clearly written in anger purely because the reviewer in question couldn’t get to grips with the game or the controls.
Perfect Universe doesn’t have a bad control system in fact for the most part it’s relatively simple.
Each set of instructions are clearly explained in the opening stage of the 3 mini games and they are easily accessible and again well explained in the multi player games.
Despite the simple controls my inherent lack of skill quickly appeared when I was playing anything other than perfect moon which was well suited to my platforming skills and a lot of fun with the gravitational twist to the game play.
After taking on a few levels I went and tried out Moon Life and things took a turn for the worse.
I found the controls frustrating (I still do) but it’s not something I intend to give up on (Trophies mean a lot to me)
Star light as stated in the game discretion up top sees your flying a rocket collecting objects as quickly as possible and little taps on the thrust will always serve you better than bigger ones it was a lesson that took me a long time to learn but improvements are coming.
The sports games for the most part brutal when playing against the cpu.
Rocket ball (air hockey with rockets) along with the golf is probably my particular favourite.
Against real human players things were a lot more even and in return a lot more fun.
Space race felt exactly like some of the RC grand prix style games of my youth (which is a good thing)
Moon golf as previously mentioned has a number of courses with varying difficulty and par scores that even on easier courses tend to lean towards practice makes perfect rather than hit and its probably in.
Moon volleyball is exactly what it says in the name with the added gravity effect increasing the games difficulty (though to be fair its easier than the ultra brutal Nes volleyball)
And balloon pop my least favourite of the mini games simply because I have to use those aliens again!
As the name suggests the aim is to pop the most balloons as long as you can get to grip with the controls it works well and again with more human players the more fun you’ll probably have.
Moon Volley Ball isn't quite as brutal a the old Nes Volleyball but it will take some practice.
Given the price of the game and given the content providing you’re willing to put in some time and effort you should get your money’s worth here.
A younger me would have been at this for hours a day trying to get all 3 stars on all the games (yes even moon life) and trying to ensure I got all the trophies that went with the game.
As a reviewer while I’ll give every game at least 4 hours of play time prior to any review I just simply didn’t have enough time to dedicate to mastering each and every game on offer.
I did improve on what you’ll see should you decide to watch the preview video below in some cases I vastly improved but much more work was / is still to be done.
The graphical style won’t appeal to all but you could say that for the vast majority of games these days .
I appealed to me but I like to experience different things I’m not just simply looking for shiny realistic as possible Hd.
The online leader boards for the single player games give reason to return and the sports day events while not as fun in single player offer a good and often challenging break.
Of course there will be those that bemoan the lack of online multi player and it would have made this even more attractive proposition.
Perfect Moon offers a decent challenge for perfect completion but its the easiest to play.
A genuinely surprising amount of content.
6 very different multi player experiences (that can all be played with one player)
3 single player games all with online leader boards and 3 star target times.
Beautifully illustrated graphics.
Space race is a place I can actually excel with my rocket!
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
No online multi player
Most of the games require time and skill to master (this is a required commitment from the player rather than an improvement for the game)
The alien has its own unique control system to learn perhaps one day I'll master it!
I didn’t have enough time in the review window to be as good at perfect universe as I’d have liked to be.
But at the same time I don’t like to lose (at least not when it’s me vs the game)
Our Legacy world records features begin in June and there on a bi weekly basis we’ll be posting world records we’ve currently achieved (or since lost) there I’m determined to ensure that at least one level from this game will make it into one of those features where it will hopefully sit for a long time to come. (Or at least until the next feature)
Gamers these days don’t seem to spend nearly as much time perfecting their skills on more difficult games but I genuinely hope there will be plenty out there who step up to this challenge make those online leader boards a thriving community and just leave me with at least one record still to my name.
We'll never be posting any game endings during these previews and we'll try to keep as many spoilers as possible out of sight.
But obviously your watching a video of a game you probably don't own and there might be things here you don't want to see viewing is always your own choice.
A review copy of the game was provided by Excalibur Games and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.