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Incredipede Review

By Dave Flodine, on October 2, 2013
Last modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago


Incredipede
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PROS

  • Full of weird, yet mesmerising creatures and movement.
  • Challenge ramps up nicely.
  • Fairy tale visuals are great.

CONS

  • Physics can feel a bit wonky.

VERDICT

If you want to help weirdest collection of creatures you've ever seen gather fruit, then Incredipede's physics-based oddness will certainly deliver.


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When attempting to up the ante over the course of their games, most developers create more complex and testing enviroments for their characters to overcome. The devs behind Incredipede have gone the other way, choosing to adjust the shape and abilities of its lead character to provide new challenges.

Quozzle is an incredipede, a creature that has the ability to grow and change its limbs. She starts each level with a different arrangement of appendages. You'll usually find yourself staring at some assortment of legs connected by muscle. Often you'll have limbs acting as counterweights, and setups that resemble some grotesque machine instead of a creature.

With all this biological complexity, it's a good thing that the controls boil down to a simple two button system, allowing you to rotate her body clockwise or counterclockwise.

The goal of the game is to reach the end of each level, collecting all the fruit along the way. Each world has a quota of fruit you must collect to move on. Seeing that your form is dictated in the normal mode (you can build your own Quozzle in sandbox mode), the challenge becomes in working out how best to use that form to best traverse the landscape.

It can feel like a real test at times, with Quozzle's ungainly form struggling to make it over bumps and obstacles. That said, victories are satisfying, and it's exciting to discover what weird and wonderful creature you'll find yourself manipulating next. The art style is equally strange and otherworldly, seemingly pulled from the pages of an old fairy tale.

Quozzle's journey is not going to be for everyone, but there's something oddly engaging about trying to manipulate this ever-changing bundle on meat and bone to the finish line. If quirkiness floats your boat, then Incredipede will be right up your mainsail.

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Geosam 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I haven't actually played normal mode. I've only ever made my own creatures. It would have been nice to include hard mode in the review.
It is a very good game though, it's a shame it's not more popular.