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Revolt Review: Like it’s Still 1999
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Revolt is a post-apocalyptic game set in the future dark for mankind. The protagonist you control fights the risen machines to solve the mystery of a strange virus that wiped out most humans.
Revolt Concept 3/5
The idea of Revolt is obviously inspired by B-movies of 1980s that have been severely influenced by Romero or Cameron’s masterpieces. So, it’s 2084, and the remnants of mankind fight a war against the risen machines. The robots got their chance after the humans were almost extinguished by an unknown virus. Maybe these two disasters are in fact one? You are to find out.
So you roam the rooms and warehouses where robots have their base, search and destroy them, and collect the items you might need to recover your health or upgrade weapons. Viewing the battlefield from above, top-down, you can see the enemies as you approach from anywhere, and you can turn right to shoot them or throw a grenade.
There are two game modes: Survival and Story Mode, but they don’t differ much in terms of gameplay. Multiplayer would help with this, but it’s not featured and probably never be (If it is, we’ll gladly rewrite this Revolt review).
Visuals Effects 4/5
Being an overhead shooter, this game provides not much of realism; it rather looks like you’re controlling an avatar remotely from your dashboard (in fact, you are). But the game looks so bright, with neon colors, futuristic design, and 3D environment, and the flashes are so great, that you really get immersed. Unless you zoom in: then lack of details starts to show, like it’s made a decade ago.
Audio Effects 5/5
Surprisingly decent music for this game is probably the best of it. It’s futuristic and electronic, as the future was seen and heard back when these movies were made. The music is responsible for half the impression of the game; and it’s much. Shooting, explosions, robot rattling and other sounds are made quite decent; only after several minutes of playing we noticed them at all, and it means they fit well.
When it comes to action games, controls should be as easy as possible to provide instant response. Top-down shooters are good with two joystick system, with a physical gamepad or a virtual on a touchscreen. So we recommend using a Steam controller that can be set up to fit Revolt. Playing with the keyboard-and-mouse setup is not that fun, as the game is not as responsive. And, though a touchscreen is quite an option for Windows now, its support isn’t fully implemented either.
Replay Value 2/5
The lack of fantasy in gameplay is killing for this sort of game. Give us more monsters! Let us run and hide when the enemy is invincible! Let us encounter dozens of them out of nowhere! But, alas, our character needs to roam the map to search and destroy these metal bastards, and the story offers too little of them. It’s trashy from the beginning, so give us more trash! But no. That’s why the game will get you bored too soon.
Not that Revolt is something outstanding by itself. But its developers seem to be deeply into late XX century kitschy culture, so, at least, you may download Revolt because of its nostalgic ambience. The game could have been a hit in 1990, with its bright neon style and a gameplay that would fit the performance when Pentium was a flagship CPU. So still it may provide some hours of fun for those tired of actual classics.
So, you may want to download Revolt if you like that trashy action style. But you may get bored too soon and get too small bang for your buck.
Pros : Easy gameplay;
Low system requirements and moderate size;
Neon-styled graphics and decent soundtrack;
Nostalgic immersion if you’re a 90s kid.
Cons : Total lack of originality in gameplay and setting;
Don’t zoom in, or the visuals disappoint you!;
Overpriced for its real replay value.
Replay Value 2.0