Gematombe |  Game Reviews

Gematombe | Game Reviews


2023-05-25 09:06:54

Gematombe is a unique puzzle arcade experience that blends gameplay between two classics, Arkanoid and Puzzle Bobble. The game has a parody of the Greek myth of Pandora’s box, but changes a few details to make it a reason to bring players into the war to confront the demons and save the world or vice versa. Through the puzzle aspect, of course, based on the two classic names just mentioned. Each character choice also “steers” the humorous plot in a different direction.

Gematombe’s gameplay is simple but very exciting. The player must move the smasher to make the ball bounce into the blocks on the screen as much as possible in one hit. Every time the ball hits six cubes in one hit, the character activates a special attack on the AI ​​opponent or another player. The main goal is to “disturb” the opponent by activating the attack as much as possible, which requires you to have a specific strategy. Whoever “takes down” the opponent first is the winner.

You can also beat your opponent by smashing all the blocks on the screen, but usually this is less likely due to the unique design. Notably, Gematombe has up to three difficulty settings when you play against the AI. Although the game also has many different game modes, except for Survival, most of them have no difference in gameplay mechanics as well as replay value. The other modes including Arcade, Practice and Versus are really just different in terms of experience or who your opponent is.

In which, Arcade is the main game mode in the single player part. If you find the Arcade experience with AI too challenging, you can practice playing alone with the Practice mode. Survival, as its name suggests, is a “play hard” mode with increasing AI difficulty and only winning or losing when you or your opponent is ‘crushed’. Versus is simply a fighting experience to compete between two players. There’s also a Tutorial game mode that literally guides you through the basic gameplay mechanics.

Specifically, the Tutorial only guides very basic and encourages players to discover more gameplay mechanics during the game through Practice mode. The writer respects this developer’s orientation, so he does not mention the obstacles that you will encounter in the game experience. From a player perspective, the biggest difference between Gematombe’s gameplay mechanics and the classic Arkanoid and Puzzle Bobble experiences is that you can pick up the ball that falls to the ground to continue smashing, not losing.

However, for the ball to fall to the ground, you must also receive a corresponding level of punishment, namely the appearance of a new series of blocks. But it is difficult to say whether this is a punishment or a reward, because depending on the sensitivity of each person, you can take advantage of them to defeat your opponent faster. That is the feeling of excitement in the game experience that rarely the two classic names mentioned above can bring. The visual aspect of Gematombe has a lot of nostalgic feelings combined with joyful music.

The game’s graphics are reminiscent of classic games with similar gameplay from the 90s like Puzzle Fighter, not with modern and fresh colors like Puzzle Bobble Everybubble. From the colorful menus and slightly dark colors, to the simple movement of the characters in the character selection screen. Shaping the characters looks quite humorous but also creates a sense of irony, especially when the characters are gloating when they “crush” the opponent. The background music does its job well.

The only thing I don’t like is that Gematombe always starts the game with a retelling of the game’s context and forces you to fight the AI ​​in the first Arcade screen right after, instead of going to the first menu screen for the player to choose. Select game modes. Although you can pause the game and return to the main screen, but that simple operation of a few buttons every time I enter the game makes me gradually feel more annoyed than excited, especially when it is “hot” in the game. People.

Gematombe game review

After all, Gemtombe offers a simple and fun arcade puzzle experience that is suitable for most players. This is also the biggest plus point of the game, making it a welcome name when you need quick entertainment moments in a busy life.

Gematombe is available for PC (Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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