Indie Game Review: Storm
Now, I have to mention that, I absolutely love it when it rains and when we get a bit of thunder and lightning. It shows that mother nature can be a force to be reckoned with while still retaining her beauty. I used to love playing puzzle games like, Columns 1-3 on the Sega Gensis when the weather was gloomy. It was kind of a zen moment for me, even if that moment lasted between 10 minutes and 5 hours. IndiePub actually put two of my favorite things together to create, Storm.
This game, let me just say, is ABSOLUTELY breath taking in both graphics and sound. The music is also a key element to just putting you in a completely different world. The moment the start menu appeared, I just stood looking at it. I remember seeing the trailer to this game a while ago and saying to myself, “Wow, I think I need to own this game.” If you’ve ever played Bejeweled 3, not the crappy 1 minute game on Facebook, but the actual game, there is a “Zen Mode” where you play the game in different styles to address you psyche and release all stress from previous events in your day. THIS IS BETTER!
You use the power of the elements such as, Wind, Rain and Lightning to move your seed from tree to fertile soil and grow more trees on that same level. You are given a certain amount of trees to grow using the seed that grows from the tree that you planted, this of course, not counting the tree that starts you off at the beginning of the level. There is no time limit unless you play the challenge modes so you can easily take your time to embrace the beauty of this game all while figuring out how to complete the level. Using the Wind, will move your seed around the level. The Rain, can fill up trenches to make logs float so your seed can roll through the board rather than falling into the ditch, and the Lightning make the seed jump. Strike the seed from the left to make it jump right, strike it right to make it jump left.
Storm is such a captivating game that you will have a VERY hard time putting it down. If you pay close attention to the background, you will see that the elements are also affecting the level. The Wind will make the background clouds move in the direction you force the wind to blow, Lightning will turn the background dark, as if it would like a real thunderstorm and the Rain obviously wets your screen, you will see the drops race down your screen as it clears up.
Take time away from calling grade and high school kids various, disgusting names on Call of Duty or Halo and put some time into Storm. If you’re into puzzle games or games that make you use your brain, then Storm is definitely for you. I recommend it to all enjoy the puzzle genre and I welcome you to the wonderful world that is Storm. Available on Steam, PSN and Xbox Live.
Til next time. \m/