Ink rating. Xbox One.

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Pros:

  • The painting mechanic is both unique and fun. They have managed to interact this mechanic with the levels really well, and it made the game stand out.
  • The platforming in the game is responsive and fluid throughout. If you die then it’s your own fault and never down to the controls.
  • The level design has a lot of variety going for it. They have made each level feel different and you can create a lot of different designs.
  • I was a big fan of the visuals in the game. Each jump or landing makes what you see on the screen completely different and in the end you can create some nice effects.

Cons:

  • The enemies you come up against end up frustrating you a great deal. They lack in terms of variety and there is nothing memorable about them.
  • This is a game that is best enjoyed when playing in short bursts. If you play the game for too long it gets repetetive and becomes boring.
  • Ink has no story whatsoever and in the end the lack of any information can leave you feeling lonely.

 

Final Thoughts:

All in all sometimes simplistic games can be fun and it’s nice to enjoy a game at a steady pace, and that’s what Ink offers you. It’s not a game however that is best enjoyed in long periods because it can become tedious, but when played in short bursts it can be a very enjoyable affair. The painting mechanic which is the crux of the game has been done to perfection. It was very enjoyable to paint the whole screen and it certainly lends the game a unique charm. The platforming in the game has also been done really well, and you never seem to get frustrated when you die because it is down to you and not because of the controls, which are responsive throughout. The enemies you come across in the game are not as good as the platforming and painting mechanic, and that’s mainly down to their lack of variety, which in turn means the enemies aren’t very memorable at all. The game is also lacking when it comes to a story, and unfortunately it offers you no information which in the end gives you a lonely feeling. The level design however will combat that feeling and each level is fun especially when you paint everywhere. The presentation while minamilist in design is something I really enjoyed. Visually the game is packed full of colour and at times the game can look really beautiful especially when all the colours are dotted all over the place. At the end of the day as far as 2D platformers go Ink is a game that is pretty good and it manages to deliver a unique experience at times. It does have a few niggling problems here and there, but you tend to forget about these problems especially when played for short periods. If you fancy something different with some unique settings then I fully recommend you try out this game, and for what they offer you they’ve done a pretty good job.

I rate Ink 7/10.

Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)

 

Developer: ZackBellGames 

Publisher: Digerati Distribution 

Genre: 2D Platformer 

Release Date (Xbox One): September 22, 2017

Price: £7.99/$9.99ink-2

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