Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark
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A Frankenstein's monster of a platform game, Schrodinger's Cat and the Lost Quark is very much alive with colour and personality, but feels rather soulless in the gameplay department
Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark seems like the perfect game for your kid to play. It's a cute puzzle-platformer that can spark a scientific interest. Your kid could probably also look past the fact that it's also a puzzle-platformer ripe with tacky one-liners, uninspired level design, and repetitive game play, all of which combine to ensure that it's far from phystastic.
Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark's heart is certainly in the right place; for the most part it offers a weird and solid platforming experience in an original format only to become bogged down by bland level design and often unnecessarily complex gameplay mechanics. It's an admirable premise that certainly aims to offer insight and accessibility to one of science's most intimidating concepts, but loses focus and steam in all of the wrong places.
Schrodinger's Cat is a bit of a bomb. Lively and exuberant about quantum theories as it can be, there is a lack of sustained momentum.
But to go back to my original question; what is left when you're playing a humour game that you're not finding very funny? A very competent, but ultimately unremarkable game in this case. In terms of scoring Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark, it's a tough one, because it's one of those odd games where I can see where its appeal would lie for others, but on a personal level, like the most boring of science experiments, I struggled to stay awake through it.
The platforming elements are completely tied into its puzzle system, so to appreciate the game, you'll have to really love this one element of the game's mechanics.
Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark makes you feel young again, with a rather loyal modernization of the classic platforming game. While the game can drag after long periods of play, the overall fun and innovation of the game makes the effort a success.
While the gameplay is fun, it is poorly laid out, though. The fact that almost all components are delivered in the tutorial, with no new elements added during the rest of the game, makes the latter half of Schrödinger's Cat feel more like a chore. Other than that, it is a great game with top quality ideas, and one that is certainly worth looking up for fans of the genre.
The bottom line, though, is that I did enjoy Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. Despite some lazy level design, the game's clever wit and vivid, animated design manages to create a unique and somewhat engaging experience.
Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Last Quark uses clever game mechanics and thought-provoking humor to create a fun platformer with an unusual twist.