August 3rd, 2012 at 12:11 am -
Let’s talk about the puzzle that came to take the genre to another level. Misfits Attic have come with this revolutionary game and I had the honor and the fun to be the infected author for the review of A Virus Named Tom!
The first impression we get when we start the game is about the possibilities. You get anxious because it’s not like a “Start”, “Options” and “Quit” menu! You have the Single and Multiplayer Campaign, the Versus Mode, an Extra section and the common Options and Quit. When selection your game mode you enter the City Of Tomorrow! The automated city created by Doctor X, a genius of robotics who made his creations for a better life and confort of his nation. But things went bad when Megatech – an ambicious organization – accused him of madness and locked him away from society. Well, what can become of an angry genius scientist? Mad scientist! He created TOM, a deadly virus, to spread destruction to his own city, and stop Megatech’s plans of taking his inventions for themselves.
The Single Campaign
lets you get right to the action. After a brief animation (quite fun), Doctor X begins to explain you how the game works, in a very simple way. So you begin the infection in the first robotic invention: The Pet of Tomorrow. For each invention you will face some levels, each one more sophisticated than the last. And you spread the infection by letting the energy flow throughout the circuit. From the beginning the only thing you can do (besides moving!) is rotating the circuit to make it connect with the others. But as Megatech notices your invasion, they can make the levels more troublesome and Doctor X upgrades your TOM! That’s right, the games get harder – your virus gets deadlier. And that works pretty well, because the game get’s more sophisticated, with more depth. It’s not like “0k, let’s connect everything and that’s it”, you have to work your way through new challenges, enemies and Megatech’s encryption system. Hey, of course I’m not telling you the upgrades, I’m not a spoiler! But here, take a look at these pictures:
The Multiplayer Campaign
multiplies your fun with a local player. You can share your keyboard or plug a controller to the PC, and then it gets real cool. The game still doesn’t have an online capability, but the guys from Misfits Attic told us it’s gonna be delivered soon, as an upgrade. The co-operativity gets pretty cool as all TOMs take place in the City Of Tomorrow, ruining the circuits together. The puzzles are unique, so you can experience a whole new set of circuits and challenges. If you’re a competitive type and want to punish your friends there’s the Versus Mode, when you challenge the other players (up to 4) in a circuit control battle. It’s pretty simple: who infects more, win the game!
The Extras are a cool addition to the game. Because after each ruined invention you get to watch an animation, you can watch them again in this extras mode. Graphics are well done and the game runs smoothly. It’s beautifully colored, the difficulty is pretty challenging and the replay factor is awesome – along with the multiplayer modes. I was trying to figure out any problems or flaws, but none came to mind! The game makes it worth, it’s a sophisticated puzzle for a fair price, and a very original idea. I will give TOM a 5 out of 5
Listen to the game music at Misfit Attic’s website and give TOM a try!
A Virus Named TOM: The Infected Review,