A copy of the game was provided by the developer for this review.
When it comes to creating a game, inspiration can come from many sources. Unravel was sold on the fact that it was based on one of the developer’s holidays with his family. Games like Limbo and Ori and the Blind Forest deal with themes of loss and grief. However even in the world of indie games it takes a particularly ‘unique’ mind to see infographics and decide that will be the inspiration for a game. That is exactly what the team at Digital Dreams have done though and I’m so glad that they have.
The game is essentially a platformer where certain blocks and platforms are moved or altered by your actions. You might need to jump a set number of times, or move in a particular direction, or even reset the level a few times. The game rarely holds your hand and explains how to move a specific section or to raise a platform and while this can be frustrating it really adds to its charm. Most puzzle platformers only give you a buzz or sense of achievement when you’ve gotten all the way through a world; Metrico+ gives you that high after nearly every puzzle.
As you move through the different ‘worlds’ on offer, you will pick up more abilities. You will end up being able to shoot objects as well as teleporting and this gradual increase in abilities is measured brilliantly across the campaign. There are 6 ‘worlds’ in the game with around 15 puzzles in each ‘world’. The length of time it takes to complete these purely depends on how fast you can figure out what you are required to do. I completed the game in around 4.5 hours but it could equally take you anywhere from 3-6 hours.
The presentation is simple but suits the gameplay perfectly. The largely empty backgrounds force your eye towards the puzzle that you are playing. The colour schemes mimic a powerpoint presentation brilliantly and though this could be drab, it just manages to stay colourful enough. The animation of your character is not the super-smooth style that we have come to expect from indie 2D platformers, but it is the puzzles that are the stars here and it never becomes distracting.
This isn’t the game that will make you a fan of puzzle platformers, but if you are already a fan, it is great little title to wrap your head around. The puzzles are consistently taxing and will stretch your mind to breaking points at times. There were a few puzzles near the end where I took ages to understand how my actions affected the level. These puzzles are never unfair though and just serve to prove the invention and creativity that the small team at Digital Dreams has. The infographics theme is carried along nicely and the simple presentation and sparse sound fit the game perfectly. Metrico+ is a fun challenging little game that is worthy of your time as well as your money and marks Digital Dreams as a team to keep an eye on.