NIMBUS REVIEW :
POSTED BY ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN
DATE : 12.11.2010.
Nimbus is a delightful little title from the guys at Noumenon Games that is available to download on Steam right now.
To explain what it’s all about, you are in control of a little space ship in a 2D platform world. The spaceship itself doesn’t have any direct method of propelling itself forward but rather it falls, gracefully!. The ship is top heavy so as soon as you start the level it glides along, but the front end of the ship starts to drop dragging you down, you then need to use the speed generated from your falling ship and use its aerodynamics to turn and glide your way through the levels to the goal point. The first few levels are quite simple so you have an opportunity to get used to the control system, the later levels add more and more features to help and hinder you. For example some cannons can be used to shoot you up into the sky or some well placed spikes can bring you to a shuddering halt.
The simple design is bright a colourful and the gliding action is really relaxing. It has been quite a while since a game has been so addictively frustrating yet so compelling and relaxing. I know that sounds like a contradiction but the gliding craft is just so graceful and almost dolphin like it is impossible to not fall in love with your little craft. But at the same time don’t be fooled into thinking this game is a walk in the park the steadily increasingly steep learning curve will keep you on your toes and when you do finally crack that level you have been stuck on for 50 tries, it is a feeling of shear ecstasy.
I feel that by trying to explain it I’m not doing the game justice so I have included a little video that gives you an idea of what is involved.
For your €9,99 you get over 50 levels straight away in the main campaign that will test your skill and puzzle solving abilities, a number of different ships and levels to unlock and piles of tricks and secrets to keep you surprised. A single player game that has a very simplistic story but is top heavy with game play.
Overall: Nimbus came as a welcome surprise for me it is one of those games that you can waste the hours away in work playing (not that I’m encouraging gaming at work!!) It’s a lovely little concept and is really tasking while being really fun and relaxing. I can fully recommend this title.