Review of Mondrain Abstraction in Beauty

Mondrain Abstraction in Beauty
Mondrain Abstraction in Beauty

Take a break from shooting people in the face and relax with a great graphically pleasing and relaxing puzzle game in Mondrain – Abstraction in Beauty.

Developed by Lantana Games and available now on Windows PC via Steam, itch.io and IndieGameStand, Mondrain – Abstraction in Beauty is a brilliant and wonderfully done retro puzzle game.

About the Game

Mondrian – Abstraction in Beauty is a full-circle block-breaking game about video game art history. Inspired by the works of the De Stijl masters’ limitations on form and color, Mondrian – Abstraction in Beauty takes an abstract look at the history of video game art, through unlockable features like paddles, balls, powerups and screen effects.

Gameplay/Controls

The way you play is simple. You have four things to think about while playing Mondrain, the ball that is bouncing around the stage, the pieces you are trying to hit to eliminate, the platform that you can control moving around the board to use to bounce yourself off of and lastly the boarders that can and do disappear leaving a opening into nothingness where if you lose the ball through the round is over. Using the controller or arrow keys you control the moving platform only and you will complete challenges by spinning clockwise or counterclockwise around a grid of dancing, colorful blocks allow the ball to continue its bouncing dance until all the piece in the middle have been touched and disappear. The game has three speeds, four difficulty levels, and deep amounts of customization, from screen shake intensity to artistic effects and level layout selection.

Now it could be my controller but I did find that there were times where the platform that you are controlling just would not respond to my commands for it to move. Thankfully each time there was a boarder where the ball was going anyway but it would just freeze for a moment or refuse to go in one direction and I would have to quickly adjust and send the platform zooming in the opposite direction to make it there in time. Again could be just me, so let me know if you experience anything similar to that.

Graphics/Sound

The graphics and music really make this retro game stand out. The colors you will experience will really make the game pop and the rhythms of the stages are just as fitting for the retro theme they were going for. One of the objects of the game is to try and get the ball to bounce and move around the board to the beat of what ever track is playing for that stage. Seems easy at first until the ball starts bouncing off the pieces rapidly and you loss control of the speed at which it travels. Fun challenge to accomplish.

Replayability

The game was designed to be dynamically generated, with millions of level combinations and endless replayability. So you can certainly find yourself emerged in this colorful experience for hours.

About the developers

Mondrian – Abstraction in Beauty was developed by Danny Silvers, Hannah Hoyt, and David John Blodgett, with contributions by Becky Taylor, Chenylle Mercado, Karen Layman and multiple artists throughout the video game and tabletop industries. The game is supported by the wonderful fans of Lantana Games and has received no grants, funding, or crowdfunding for its development. This launch marks the first major release from Lantana Games since the Early Access release of Children of Liberty, also still in development.

 

Review of Mondrain Abstraction in Beauty

5.5

Storyline/About

5/10

    Gameplay/Controls

    7/10

      Graphics/Sound

      9/10

        Replayability

        1/10

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