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Schrödinger's Cat And The Raiders Of The Lost Quark Review

Developer: Italic Pig
Publisher: Team 17
Genre: 2D Puzzle Platformer
Format: Playstation 4
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Copy provided by publisher

Alone in the Quark

Schrödinger's Cat is a fairly run of the mill puzzle platformer. It's unique twist on the formula is the Quark system. These little critters come in 4 varieties and combining 3 of them creates a device that can assist you in your traversal of the map. There is 14 different combinations you can make and all 14 of them have their own purpose. This does give the game a great amount of variety and is the back bone of the gameplay mechanics. As with any platformer jumping plays a part. The jumping here isn't bad but it is far from perfect. It feels very floaty which makes precise jumping trickier than it needs to be.

The story in the game is fairly simple, you play as the titular cat in an attempt to bring a zoo full of particles under control. The main objective of the game is to get to the nucleus and find out what went wrong. This will require you to run around acquiring certain items to open the door. It's not a great story but the humour more than makes up for it. The interactions between the characters had me laughing out loud. Obviously humour is about as subjective as topics come though so it might not tickle you the same way.

Graphically the game is nice enough to look at with plenty of colour splashed around to give a feast for your eyes, However there isn't a whole lot of variety in the areas though which can make the game feel a little stale.

Aside from your fairly standard puzzle platforming sections you also have 3 chase sections spread out across the game. These are the highlight of the game. You are being chased by something that will kill you if you slow down and obstacles are put into your path. You must learn the Quark Combinations and hit them really quickly to get through the area to safety. While it is frustrating at first, once you beat it you will have a great sense of accomplishment.

The final boss is a weird one. It is a completely new mechanic that you will not have seen anywhere before. Tasking you with flying around the screen looking for the little guy that is behind all the commotion. It's not bad by any means but it feels very out of place with the rest of the game.

Schrödinger's Cat isn't without it's fair share of bugs. Thankfully most of them are harmless, like being able to crawl somewhere you shouldn't. However I ran into a somewhat severe bug in which I could not collect all the animals in the zoo. It claimed I had one Boson left where no Bosons ever existed. After travelling around the world a couple of times the main hub area was repopulated with animals despite the counter saying I had them all. This bug doesn't stop you from beating the game but it does stop you from being able to 100% the game and that will bother the completionists out there.

Trophy wise the game is a very easy one (assuming you don't run into the glitch I mentioned above). It pretty much boils down to rescuing all the animals in the zoo. There is a couple other tasks in there but you will more than likely get them without even trying. There isn't even a trophy for beating the game. You can simply stop after you access the final area and have all of them!

Schrödinger's Cat doesn't do anything wrong but it struggles to stand out as a must have game. However for the asking price, it's definitely worth checking out for any fan of the genre.

+Chase Sections
+Quark System
-Environment Variety
-Minor Bugs

Score: 7/10 "Good"

What I Played: 7 hours beating the game once and rescuing all the animals (except the one that glitched) and obtaining 12 of the 13 trophies
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