Linux Game: Volvox. Let's Kick Start Evolution.
Written by Eric Griffith in Linux Gaming on 3 January 2016. Page 1 of 1. 6 Comments

Our 2015 summer intern, Eric Griffith, is back with a guest review today of the Volvox Linux game. Neotania kindly supplied Eric a copy of this game for review.

I'm back! Albeit temporarily!

Over the last few weeks, Michael and I have been in communication. We've discussed the possibility of me posting a few articles before I head back to school in mid-January, as well as possible articles during my, final, Spring semester of college.

So when Michael sent me an email in regards to a game review for a physics-based Indie puzzle game featuring water-color graphics, well, let's just say he piqued my interest.

Enter Volvox.

Volvox features the Trimoebas, who are triangular shaped unicellular organisms living in the primordial soup. They have but one goal in life: build the first multicellular organism. Simple, right?

The game features 250 hand drawn levels, accompanied by a rather soothing soundtrack as you make your way through the microscopic world. Throughout the game the player crafts ever larger and more complex organisms from worms, to jellyfish, to the fish.

The goal of each level is to align the “keys” on the edges of the Trimoebas with the locks that are placed throughout the level. In some cases there is only Trimoeba with a key, or keys, and other times you have to align several Trimoebas with multiple locks. Doing so requires the player to use their available organisms to build towers, bridges, ramps, etc-- anything necessary to win the level.

There's no time limit to make you rush through, no move-limit that hinders experimentation-- which is good, because the game quickly ramps up in difficulty, likely to make even experienced puzzle-solvers begin to tear at their hair.

Volvox was published by Indie game studio Neotania and currently has a "positive" rating on Steam right now. Volvox is available for $7.99 on all Steam platforms.

Testing was done on Fedora 23 (64-bit) Workstation Edition with both AMD (RadeonSI) and Intel graphics. There were no problems or hindrances to report.

The Good:

Great backgrounds, great soundtrack, just difficult enough keep your attention for long periods of time without making it seem impossible. If anyone is looking to for a physics-based puzzle game to play with their kids, this game is marked Family Friendly on Steam.

The Bad:

Some levels might be a little too hard.

The Ugly:

Nothing.

Thank you to Neotania for supplying a free copy of this game for testing and review.



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