What I liked:
- I was very impressed with the puzzles in the game because they always seemed to throw up something new and the design of each of them was very clever.
- In terms of content there is a decent amount for you to get to grips and the variety that’s present means that getting through it isn’t a chore.
- Each different mechanic in the game has been done well and the best thing is that each mechanic is interesting which keeps repetetiveness at a low level.
- The controls react extremely well and they’re fluid and responsive at all times which means any mistake is purely down to you and down to you only.
What I didn’t like:
- There isn’t really anything that stands out in both the visuals and sound design meaning the presentation is very forgettable.
- Technically the game suffers with a couple of issues every now and then which can frustrate you a little.
- Whilst the story can be good at times on the whole there just isn’t enough within it to keep things interesting.
Does Steamroll do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all I didn’t know too much about Steamroll before playing it but one of my friends who played it on the PC did say I would enjoy it because he knows I like decent puzzles and he said this game was full of them. Thankfully he was right but he didn’t say just how clever and intricate some of the puzzles were which was a nice surprise. At its core then this game focuses mainly on puzzles but that’s not all it has because it does have a few other interesting mechanics in play as well. This then means the game has plenty of variety within its content and there’s more than enough content to keep you satisfied as well which means you do get good value for your money. In terms of problems the game does have a few though so you won’t be getting a perfect experience. Thankfully though the problems aren’t too severe and if you’re one of those people who don’t mind a basic presentation and a few technical issues along the way then you’ll be able to easily look past these issues when it comes to the grand scheme of things. At the end of the day then whilst it has a few shortcomings Steamroll delivers more fun moments than frustrating moments and the uniqueness when it comes to its puzzles means this game is a decent addition to the puzzle genre and in the end it does more than enough to get a recommendation from me.
I rate Steamroll 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Release Date (Xbox One): January 25, 2019