If you are in the market for a very challenging platformer than Tinertia on steam will be perfect for you.
A few weeks ago we were able to get our hands on a copy of Tinertia out now on Steam. After a great run of Early Access and loads of raving reviews everyone can now purchase have a blast getting frustrated with Tinertia. Tinertia is an explosive action-platformer built on the premise of Quake-style, rocket-powered physics, fueled with Sonic-like speed through each of the vibrant, ever-changing levels that delivers the perfect balance between twitchy gameplay and skill-based fun.
In Tinertia, gamers play as Weldon, the inauspicious robot who is equipped with a powerful rocket launcher that enables players to propel themselves through a kaleidoscopic series of challenging industrial environments. Weldon is stranded on a planet controlled by the evil ARC that has identified him as a threat and is now prepared to destroy him at any cost. We must help Weldon make his way off of the planet.
Geared for the streaming generation with easy to pick-up but tough-to-master mechanics, Tinertia challenges gamers to harness the power of rocket-jumping. Players will control the momentum, rhythm and speed of Weldon to launch him over deadly obstacles, outrun robo-bosses, and ultimately escape off the planet.
While you don’t have to utilize many controls, you still have a lot to think about as you play. You basically need to focus on the left and right thumb sticks if you are using a controller (sorry did not use a keyboard so can’t report much on those mechanics), the left thumbtack to control your direction and the right to blast your rockets. You blast downwards to propel your self up and over obstacles.
Here is where you start to lose me. And I am doing my best to stay biased because the game clearly has amazingly positive reviews on Steam right now. The premise of Tinertia is simple in design, but unique from other action-platformers. It is said that Weldon’s powerful rocket arm is capable of blasting him at manic speeds, but precise enough to deftly maneuver around deadly obstacles. I honestly didn’t find the precision that they are claiming. I found that I would do the same thing over and over and get varying results each time. At one attempt Weldon would go flying across a gap with ease and speed other times doing the same thing he would barely move and I would fall to my death. But this I guess is the challenge of playing a high speed platformer such as this.
You also do have infinite rockets so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice or batter, so you can chain your shots to leap huge gaps, or rapidly ascend vertical barriers. The more you get accustomed to the controls the more you can accomplish.
One thing Tinertia has is graphics. The game is actually really pretty. And the way that the levels work is really unique as it is built in to the overall game map. As you start each level you will zoom into where Weldon is but then each stage is actually connected and you get the bigger picture of the map and see how you are actually moving up when you look at the overall stage map. I really liked that feature.
One thing that Tinertia certainly has is the replayability factor. While you can take your time and rocket burst your way across the board carefully and calculating. The pressure is on for you to get faster and better each time. Each stage has a built in time objective, usually somewhere around 16 seconds. I came close to getting that once with 16.5. But there is probably an extremely rewarding feeling when you see your self getting better and faster timing. So keep at it.
Some of the key features that were touched on before but not in great detail include:
- No Jump Button: Master the physics-based gameplay to control Weldon using his rocket launcher to achieve accelerated speeds and an infinite supply of ammo to propel him from puzzle to platform.
- Seven Environments, 65+ Levels: Travel across seven differing environments and more than 65 levels to help Weldon reach the planet’s surface and escape the ARC.
- Ultimate Challenges:
- Speed Runs: Challenge your best time with devastatingly fast runs through each level.
- Rocket Challenges: Earn par for each level using a limited number of rockets.
- Boss Rush: Square off against Tinertia‘s menacing bosses with only one life to defeat them all. The ultimate rocket-jumping challenge.
- Dynamic Replay Camera System: This ability delivers the dramatic camera angles of every amazing run replay with enhanced zoom, camera speed options, and fixed angle features.
Tinertia is available now on Steam at 20% off for $11.99 and is in development for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program. For more information on Candescent Games, Inc., check out the official Website, follow the dev team on Twitter, and “Like” the game on Facebook. For more on Section Studios, visit its website Here.