By: Uma Smith
In these days, creativity is one of the key ways to let your work of art stand out from the rest. And in the world of video games, this is no exception. As such, Futuridium EP Deluxe is making its way over to the PlayStation 4 and Vita to prove this very point. So brace yourselves as your senses are about to be placed on stimulation overload!
It is easy to get the hang of Futuridium EP Deluxe since your ship movement is as accurate as it is responsive. Firing your weapon is done by pressing the X button while the right trigger allows you to speed boost; and in case if you need to turn your ship around, the square button does the trick. Such button layout makes this game a treat to play around with. The only cumbersome aspect of the controls is the menu navigation, which, surprisingly, can be quite unresponsive and clunky.
Futuridium EP Deluxe has an appearance that ends up giving a psychedelic feel, and that’s a good thing as it shows that it is stepping up to bat in terms of creativity and uniqueness. The various colors on screen keep the overall appearance lively and stimulating to the senses. While it may not be the most beautiful game, the package as a whole gives a nice appearance.
Where the game actually shines is in the outstanding soundtrack. The musical score is worthy of recognition as it effectively works in creating a dynamic and exciting impression.
In Futuridium EP Deluxe, you enter into a starship and pilot your way across an interestingly trippy-looking environment. Specifically, you have ended up in a repeating dimensional loop populated with even larger spaceships and are equipped with an energy bar that depletes consistently. The only way to replenish it? Expose your opposing ships’ cores and destroy them. Eventually, you’ll be sent to the next ship to do the same once again.
The game consists of five zones with 10 levels each. The more you play, the more continues (or credits) you’re given. When you manage to complete your levels successfully, you are awarded medals based on your performance. You’ll get one for getting to the end of the level within a period of time, one for avoiding death and the final for the highest combo.
At first, it will be very challenging and frustrating since the gameplay is pretty tough from the start, especially when you’re trying to stay alive. Once you’ve played for a while, however, you’ll eventually earn more credits that will afford you the opportunity to get farther in the game. From this, Futuridium EP Deluxe encourages players to revisit the game despite its unforgiving nature. Be warned: the checkpoints are not as frequent as you might expect. So if you die, you can end up way back from the beginning — something that can become very annoying with repeated play.
Thankfully, Futuridium EP Deluxe gives you another incentive to revisit the game. The more you destroy during your gameplay, the more game modes become available. These add another level of difficulty along with a different way of playing.
An interesting inclusion is the Flappyridium mode, which enters your spaceship in a strange and perhaps familiar gameplay from another popular title. With quite the abundance of unlockables available, players can probably overlook the growing frustration associated with the game’s difficulty – almost, that is!
Futuridium EP Deluxe is certainly a delight with its psychedelic approach in graphics, memorable music and addictive gameplay. While it can be excessively difficult, it provides a deluxe experience in a space environment that shouldn’t be missed.