Euclidean (PC) Review

By Thom Compton 23.10.2015 1

Review for Euclidean on PC

Saying all games have the same goals is like saying all criminals have the same motives. It's simply blind thinking. Some games seek to entertain, some seek to inform. Some, however, seek to expand what a game is and can be. Enter Euclidean, a title that doesn't quite fit in with any other. With innovation comes risk, and Euclidean definitely allows itself to be risky. Can it hold it together to become an excellent example of innovation?

Euclidean, to someone who is freshly gazing upon it, doesn't really make sense. The player falls, stuff tries to kill them (apparently all the stuff), and they make it to the bottom, landing in an orb and being transported to the next locale. It's built as a geometric horror game, and definitely bears many similarities to auto-runners. The controls are minute, and the levels are short.

Falling should be, in theory, a dizzying and terrifying experience. At no point does Euclidean feel like either of these things. It feels like a tunnel filled with creepy beats that seek to kill the player. They live by no rules, and obey no human word, to a fault. The things that must be avoided don't seem to really care how the user is engaging with them; they will behave however they want. One squid-like beast, in particular, is exceedingly frustrating and loves to play the Game Over screen like a fiddle.

Screenshot for Euclidean on PC

The slow pace of the fall, it can only be assumed, is meant to allow enough time to react. Too bad it's too much time; way too much time. Nothing ever feels intense, heart throbbing, gut wrenching, or even spooky. Even the ambient music (which is brilliant, yet repetitive at its worst), and the creepy atmosphere can't negate how much damage the slow crawl does.

Games that try different things or approaches are often looked upon as lacking in the ways of content. Euclidean drives that point home. It's hard to review a title that's so shallow in content, but there's no need to fear. There are some interesting things found within the short playthrough. There's almost no direct interaction; instead, items must be looked upon to cause a reaction out of them. It's pretty interesting, but it doesn't change anything, really.

Euclidean is creative. It's inventive and interesting in concept. The finished product isn't fun, though. It's short, it doesn't abide by its own rules, and even though it occasionally borders on creepy, it's mostly not there. Falling should feel intense and terrifying, but it feels so frustrating that it never grasps the reins it could so easily have done. These are the reviews that are the hardest to write, because it's evident that the team really put a lot of heart and soul into the game. They could easily create an esoteric masterpiece, but Euclidean is far from it.

Screenshot for Euclidean on PC

Cubed3 Rating

2/10
Rated 2 out of 10

Very Bad

Euclidean features all the inspiration and creativity that indie games are known for. It simply lacks the execution to be more than frustrating. Between the very slow pace of the incredibly short levels that kill the player pretty much consistently, or the fact that collision doesn't work correctly and the player can drift through other objects, there's plenty wrong with the title. There's also just not enough content to talk about in any real depth, and that's just one more unfortunate nail driven in the coffin of Euclidean.

Developer

Alpha Wave Entertainment

Publisher

AAD Productions

Genre

Action

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  2/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Oh, darn. I was looking forward to giving this a go as the trailer looked nice. Really liked the visual designs.
Guess I'll stick to Non-Euclidean ​games then. (Antichamber,Portal and umm...)

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