Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One PC
Reviewed On: PS4 Pro
Release Date: 20/01/2021
£11.99 £5.99/ $14.99 $7.49
*Onsale until 29/04/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
In Teratopia you play as one of three Teraropinas Tucho, Benito, and Horacio. each with their own unique play styles and abilities. Your fellow Teratipians are being abducted by the red monsters and tortured in different ways. It is up to this three unique heros to save Teratopia and drive out the red monsters.
There will be no nominations for best story here is it a simple comedic romp with outlandish monsters and crazy looking aliens.
Teratopia is a simple pick up and play game with simple mechanics, allowing players to get to grips with the controls. There is the combo attack and a more powerful hold attack, as well as jump and dodge. Each of our wee alien heros have their own unique fighting styles and abilities. Tucho the blue brawler, Benito the green ranger, and Horacio the yellow magic-alien (titles not canon). The fighting styles are self explanatory.
There is, however, a nice Overlords style mechanics where our three heros can spawn five different minions that will help fight and interact with objects such as turrets. We find eggs from defeated enemies and from chests that loot the area. On paper at least this sounds amazing, in practice not so much. The minions poor AI means they can be at times useless on their own, running away for no reason, or running off ledges like they have death wishes, makes them an annoyance. There is a button that will spawn them where you like, but in the middle of a fight, not what you want to be doing. When they attack in large numbers, they are devastating in all fairness.
Teratopia has a nice RPG exp mechanic that will unlock new abilities and passives with each level, be that a double jump or and ability to increase damage delt. This gives a nice will hook to keep you grinding out levels for each of our heros. When you kill a red monster, it also will leave behind its eyeballs that pop out of their heads in a over the top style. These eye balls are used to open chests and gates, making them vital to pick up. After being expelled from the heads of the red monsters, the eyes can go anywhere and will disappear after a short time, meaning a mad dash is on to collect them. Braking the flow of the game, at least for me.
One thing I loved about Teratopia is the world how vibrant and colourful it is as well as how weird and wacky the red monsters are, especially the boss fights. Mix in a great wee sound track also and you have a good wee look and sounding game.
Overall Teratopia, is a simple pick up and play experience with a fun minion mechanic (when it works), it a world that James Cameron would love. It is just let down with the AI of the minions.
This is a wait for a sale to get, just don’t be expecting anything deep. (luckily as of the posting date it is)