Summary: It would be fair to say that the Xbox Live Arcade service is bursting at the seams with puzzle themed games and any new releases in the genre will be severely judged as to whether they can stand up amongst the vast array available.
Excerpt: Chances are that you've already judged Warp by its digital cover. Looking at Zero's vaguely bug-like features and lack of pupils, you might be inclined to think that the game's player-character is adorable; alternately you might not like him as much for the same cutesy reason.
Excerpt: Warp was introduced to me as a stealth/puzzle title. When I first witnessed the adorable alien adorning the game’s front cover, I imagined it as a stealth/puzzle title meant to capture the enthusiasms of younger audiences.
Excerpt: With many games, the first element of player interaction is the "Press Start" screen. This is where players get their first impression of the game, and in Warp, if that impression is anything to go by, the developers at Trapdoor want you to think the game is pure terror; something made to take you...
Warp Review: A Promising Concept That Never Picks Up Steam
22 February 2012
Conclusion: Concept: Teleport around a facility as a cute orange blob
Graphics: Zero is cute, and the lab environments remind me of Portal
Sound: Extraterrestrial mumblings and screaming scientists make up most of the soundtrack
Playability: Zero controls fine, and the simple enemies aren’t much trouble to get...
Excerpt: What would you do if you were an alien, captured by scientists and imprisoned in an undersea laboratory? Would you try to escape by using your ability to warp into objects to stealthily evade your captors...
Pros: + Cool concept, + Different ways to play, + Fun powers, + You can make guys explode
Cons: Almost no story, Some frustrating controls, Cheap difficulty at the end
Conclusion: Warp is generally an entertaining game, but whether it's worth the 800 Microsoft points hinges on whether you're willing to play by its occasionally fickle rules. The attention given to its commendable visual and audio presentation sometimes seems at odds with the vagaries of the gameplay itself,...
Pros: Enjoyable puzzles, Charming mix of gore and cuteness, Superb visual presentation, Tough challenge rooms with leaderboards.
Cons: Clunky controls, Some puzzles and encounters are based on trial and error.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT GAMEPLAY: 9/10 DESIGN: 8/10 SOUND: 6/10 REPLAYABILITY: 8/10 OVERALL: 8/10 Closing Thoughts: I would highly recommend Warp to those of you who enjoy a fun yet challenging game that includes puzzles, stealth and action but despite a few annoying gameplay hiccups like the guide the variety...