I have played many a puzzle game and occasionally there will be puzzle games out there cleverly crafted in a way that the game will frustrate you but also keep you playing with it’s intelligent mechanics. Sadly, Standpoint developed by Unruly Attractions is not one of these.
Standpoint: Xbox One [Reviewed], PC, PS4
Developer: Unruly Attractions
Publisher: Unruly Attractions
Release Date: 30th September 2015
Price: £7.99 [Disclosure: Game copy supplied by Developer/Publisher]
At first the game is rather pleasing as you are given the ability to flip gravity but then once you get further and further into the game you realise that this is the only mechanic of the game, of course there are green orbs that will flip gravity for you but that is still the same mechanic. This lack of mechanics coupled with the fact that you are just solving the same puzzle over and over again builds for a not only boring but frustrating experience. There is no tutorial as such in the game so players are just dropped into the game and then expected to know how to control it themselves with no help. The level structure is also rather bad in design from my point of view as players can easily fall too far past a puzzle and they have to then spend the next ten minutes getting back to the puzzle that they just failed only to then fail it again and have to repeat the laborious process.
Standpoint’s saving grace is perhaps it’s storytelling aspect and design, as you progress through the different stages you see this semantic field of grief start to form. A woman talking to you expressing how it is not your fault in the “Denial” section of levels whom then progresses into anger and so on and so forth as you get to each section of the game. The art style is well done for what it is but then again in a game like Standpoint this is not exactly a key feature. Standpoint being a First Person Puzzle game is in the same category as the Portal series and it does not deserve to be in any form. The price of £7.99 is even too high. Whilst Standpoint isn’t the worst game ever made it certainly is not a good game by any stretch of the imagination.
Overall Standpoint is not a game I feel anybody needs to play. If it is on offer I suggest picking it up if it is less than £2.00 but anything above that is just not worth it for a game that plays like a mobile game on console. All-in-all I am extremely disappointed with Standpoint and advise to everyone to avoid this game unless they are playing it purely for the story.