It really isn’t every day that a game just blows you away because of how well made it is. What I mean to say is that within the first thirty seconds of playing this game, I was in awe of it. I’m referring to its presentation alone at this point; many AAA games with much bigger budgets aren’t even this polished. It is very clear that a lot of time and thought went into this game. Spoilers, I love this game.
Tiltagon is one of those special games where it takes you forty five seconds to learn the basics but hours later you’re still struggling to master it. But it doesn’t feel frustrating at all; in fact you’re smiling the whole time. I fell so many times in this game, and I’m going to fall a million more times. I cannot stop playing this game. Tiltagon doesn’t make you feel stupid at any point. You may fail in numerous attempts to reach the end of a level but you know exactly why each time. It never feels cheap or like it was the game’s fault. You won’t blame any of the game’s three control methods either- Yeah, you read that correctly. This game supports controller, mouse, and keyboard inputs – and it controls like a dream.
Tiltagon has a simple premise. You control a ball and you need to get to the end of the level. Sounds simple enough but this is exactly where the difficulty, and fun, come into play. You move the ball on and around platforms while also, in some parts of levels, avoiding moving obstacles too.
Platforms will move around and even disappear after a set time once you touch them. Difficulty is further added with holes in some platforms or a raised surface on the edges. This game may be tough but its difficulty is increased somewhat gradually. You’ll encounter different variables and then later on, they may be combined in different ways. You learn as you go. You and the difficulty grow together and it makes the experience that much more rewarding. The game design is so polished and thought out. It plays and feels just as great as it looks.
Tiltagon looks incredible. I know what you’re thinking though: it’s a ball moving around on shapes in some kind of weird dimension. I would counter with other games are just people and guns or a man jumping on bricks; it does exactly what it is supposed to do within the universe it exists in and it manages to look sharp as hell in the process. There were many times in this game when I fell to my demise just because I was in awe of how crisp the levels looked. The resolution and frame rate help the graphics by flowing like cream in coffee through each and every level. Tiltagon will consume your mind with its addictive gameplay and captivate your eyes with its beautiful graphics and smooth frame rate.
After you beat all of the ten levels that Tiltagon has to offer, there’s still plenty to do. There are thirty-six different balls that can be unlocked to play as and there’s a huge variety among them. They vary from an 8-Ball to a Pokeball-like ball to eyeballs to brains to the developer’s logo. It’s addicting, and I can guarantee that you’re going to sink some time into trying to unlock your favorites. In between playing or replaying the main levels there’s another addictive mode to check out. It’s called Endless Mode and trust me, say goodbye to all of your time. Endless Mode is twice as addictive as the main game. It begins with you on a single platform. There may be an obstacle to overcome and there may not be. There will be a spinning cube you need to collect by touching it and that begins the game by adding a new platform with one platform at a time. You need to always anticipate your next move while avoiding obstacles, and getting off platforms before they’re gone. I’m not going to share my score but unfortunately my friends will soon see it.
Tiltagon has Steam leaderboards. That’s right. Even if you think you’re great, your friends will want to prove you wrong by constantly competing for the highest score. I know I’m about to be humbled greatly once this game launches, but it won’t stop me from playing. It’s too much fun. I’ll just enjoy the experience from the middle of the leaderboards. Okay, actually I’ll probably enjoy the game from the bottom of the leaderboards.
Tiltagon features an EDM soundtrack, and it greatly compliments the game. The music is constantly jumping around and changing in dynamics, just like you better be if you want to succeed. Not only does this music build a nice atmosphere and tone for the game, but it also pumps energy into whatever dimension Tiltagon takes place in and it will keep you on the edge of your seat … in whatever dimension you might be in.
Tiltagon is not only an incredible game but it is also extremely addictive. If you like puzzle games such as Super Hexagon or just enjoy well made games then you’ll definitely want to check this game out. Be careful though. I know I can’t put it down and that even if I do, I’ll keep coming back. To Tilt or not to tilt isn’t even a question. If anyone needs me, I’ll be locked in my office playing this game.
A code was provided by Kiemura for the purpose of this review.
- Nearly flawless presentation
- Stunning graphics with a smooth frame rate
- Well crafted game design
- Leaderboards, achievements, and Steam Trading Cards
- Multiple controller input methods supported
- It may be a bit difficult at first
- There aren't a lot of levels. I am hoping the developer adds more in a free or inexpensive update.