Nebulous is a space themed physics based puzzler, which was originally an Android mobile game. The team has now decided to port it over to the PlayStation 4 for a new audience. How does the game make the transition to Sony’s home console? Read our Nebulous review to find out!
While exploring the vast space, Commander Dash Johnston is pulled through a wormhole full of huge puzzles and plenty of death traps. You play as the protagonist Commander Dash Johnston as you guide him through a hundred or so puzzles so that he can eventually escape and return home.
The aim of the game is to arrange shaped objects into the right position so that Commander Dash can reach the wormhole without falling… but it is not as easy as you may think. You have to really think about where you place blocks without gaps, and you only have so many blocks at your disposal. You also cannot flip or tilt or move the blocks in any way, they stay as they are by default, and that is where things can get a little tricky. In the process, you must try and collect as many stars as possible.
As you progress through the levels, the difficulty will ramp up considerably, and a variety of objects will be introduced to spice things up – some of these include bouncers, conveyor belts and more. There’s plenty of content in here to keep you busy for several hours, and there’s a lot of replayability if you want to 100% the game and collect every star.
Nebulous has some comedic moments as well. If you fail a level you will hear some light-hearted banter from Commander Dash, making the act of failing a few times actually feel rewarding.
On top of finding the perfect route to get all stars and make it to the end of a level, you’ll also need to avoid deadly traps such as lasers and other environmental hazards which cause Commander Dash to lose a chunk of his life. In later levels you will see multiple wormholes that can act as teleports to fling Commander Dash from one part of a level to another, changing how you approach a level.
Nebulous is a fun puzzle game with good graphics and funny banter. The puzzles are great and they kept me entertained as I wrote my Nebulous review, but I do feel that maybe the game would be a better fit for the PS Vita.
Good level design.
Lots of levels to play
|Menus are a bit awkward.|
This review is based on a PS4 copy of Nebulous provided by Namazu Studios.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor