Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC, macOS
- Publisher: Wolfire Games
- Developer: Wolfire Games
- Release Date: Oct 16, 2017
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.wolfire.com/overgrowth
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
In Overgrowth, you play as titular main hero Turner and must defeat various enemies who stand in your way of peace. Turner might be a bunny-like humanoid but you’ll quickly come to realize that behind his furry exterior lies a martial arts warrior. Turner is able to dodge, kick, punch and use various weapons like swords and knives in battle against various other anthropomorphic creatures. Let us dive first into the combat of Overgrowth and then we’ll talk about some of the other features you’ll run into while playing.
Combat in Overgrowth is surprisingly simple but equally deep. For the most part, players only use the mouse and a few buttons to battle foes. The left mouse button is held to engage enemies in combat and changes depending on the height, movement and area the player is in. The right mouse button acts as defense and allows players to counter—if timed right—various attacks thrown at them. While it may seem almost too simple, the combat in Overgrowth works quite well and doesn’t outlive its welcome.
Equally, players who are more stealth based can also fight enemies by sneaking behind them—using the shift key—and then choke their enemies with the right mouse button. There are also various weapons in Overgrown that can be thrown with the Q button and used in combat for some visceral looking fights. There are also various other means of combat such as jumping kicks, knockouts from above—though these tend to sometimes fail—and even ways of being smart by knocking enemies off towers and or high areas. Overgrowth feels like a fluid brawling title and an arcade game blended together which isn’t a bad thing by any means.
Overgrowth also does have some platforming and adventure elements but these elements occur so rarely that calling Overgrowth an action adventure title just doesn’t feel right. When you do begin to jump on things and run on walls—think Assassins Creed or Mirror’s Edge—Overgrowth seems like an entirely different game. Out of the 30+ areas—trust us that isn’t a lot even though it may sound like it—if we did anything adventure like it was maybe in less than half of the maps. Most of the time, you’re just going into an area, killing all the enemies, seeing a dialogue break and then moving on to the next area. That’s why don’t expect us to talk anymore about the adventure elements because there are too few of them in Overgrowth.
Graphically and sound wise, Overgrowth does a great job. Environments look impressive and characters have a real nice amount of detail. The various bloody encounters you’ll end up in during Overgrowth’s gameplay also look fantastic seeing cuts appear on an enemy when you hit them with a knife or sword. Equally as impressive is the game’s great—albeit overused—soundtrack which creates a nice feeling of battle once the fists come out. If Overgrowth has one thing we have little issue with it would be the sound and graphics hands down.
Alright folks, now is the time of our review where we wish to talk about the negatives of Overgrowth. Easily one of the biggest issues with Overgrowth is the missed opportunities we noticed and we’re sure you’ll notice once you play it. Overgrowth has some awesome chances at being an action adventure title but as we mentioned the action takes priority leaving the platforming to take second seat. Another issue we have with Overgrowth is the fact that this game feels like an arcade title with how each series of fights progresses into another one. There is a story in Overgrowth but it’s extremely cliché and the ending feels like there could be more added later which may be a possibility.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Impressive graphics
- Simple but brutal combat
- Strong OST
- Multiple campaigns and difficulties
- Exploration can be annoying at useless at times
- Does have some moments of frame rate drops
- Very quick game
- Cliché story