Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PC Review #106: Tinertia

Title: Tinertia
Developer: Candescent Games
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: $14.99
Ah, the rocket jump. Such a wonderfully blatant disregard for physics and a core skill for FPS maestros the world over. Tinertia marries the wild high-flying antics of rocket jumping with a fast paced precision platformer.
Your goal is simple: race through levels as fast as possible, avoiding the myriad hazards along the way. Tinertia would fall apart if the controls weren't finely tuned or accurate, but thankfully they are, allowing you to fire your rockets with precision, in mid-air as you fly over gaps. Shoot the ground to propel yourself upward, at walls to wall jump, and so on; combined with an air dash, you have a diverse moveset  based on skill and precise timing. Shooting down barriers, bouncing over deadly platforms and saws, ricocheting through narrow tunnels and around corners...all at high speeds and a controlled flurry of rockets.
Along with the numerous stages, various modes, and boss fights, Tinertia completes the platforming fun with its stylish visuals, 2D gameplay set in 3D environments that allow for sprawling levels that coil and twist. Tinertia is a fast-paced platformer that requires precision and practice to succeed, and a worthy challenge for fans of speedrunners. The game is currently available on Steam Early Access; the full release will include 80 levels, more bosses, character skins, leaderboards, and other additions. 

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