Verlet Swing (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Verlet Swing is a first person 3-D obstacle course game where you use an imaginary hookshot to swing from objects to reach a goal.  You mustn’t touch the ground or hit a wall, though!  It’s available to download on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

To extend your grapple, just hold down the R trigger button.  You’ll latch onto an object if there is one in front of you, and then you’ll start swinging.  Release the button to let go.  Move the left stick to control how you fall a bit, and the right stick moves the camera around.  And that’s it.

But even though the controls are simple, the game sure isn’t!  The first-person perspective makes perspective hard to tell and sometimes you can hit things without seeing them.  The game utilizes a lot of physics and momentum that takes some getting used to as well.  A reticule will tell you when you can grapple something, but it’s hard to see so the best thing to do is just know to grapple onto small orbs and most large lightly colored objects.  The trial and error is a bit frustrating, but I think that’s just part of the experience.

There are tons of levels and challenges to tackle, and I loved the Salvador Dali style graphics.  That’s what sold me on reviewing the game in the first place.  But I think only super pro gamers who aren’t easily frustrated will really enjoy this game.

Kid Factor:

If you hit a wall or the ground, the screen just goes static-ey for a second, so nothing really violent here.  Reading skill is helpful for some of the text, but not necessary just to play.  Younger gamers might get frustrated at the high difficulty, though.  Verlet Swing is rated E for Everyone.

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