I’m a sucker for vector graphics. I’ve been since first stepping as much as a Battlezone machine again within the early ’80s. As such, I dig it when trendy video games undertake a vector-like look. I’ll take that over the 8-bit or 16-bit retro-vibe any day.
That mentioned, vector visuals don’t lend themselves to all sorts of gameplay. Arcade motion is just about your solely possibility, however that’s what makes them an ideal match for Ellipsis. You’re dealing primarily with balls and obstacles right here, and the stark distinction of neon colours towards a black background provides some much-needed aptitude.
Your job in Ellipsis is to maneuver your circle so it comes into contact with different circles. Contact all of them, and you’ll enter a warp to the subsequent degree. Among the circles you contact launch smaller ones which you’ll collect to enhance your star score. You additionally don’t have to the touch the entire circles on the display screen to warp out. The final one is usually fairly troublesome to achieve, so it’s extra for completionists than those that simply wish to push by way of the sport.
There are myriad obstacles in your means, in fact, and so they get progressively more durable and extra distinctive. Apparently, they’re not at all times random. Though some will observe you round, many transfer in set patterns. The problem then turns into memorizing the patterns and determining the way to get into the movement, making Ellipsis as a lot of a puzzle recreation as an arcade motion recreation. I loved that.
Determining the patterns, nonetheless, is simply half the battle. Working your means by way of the obstacles requires some exact and well-timed actions. This may be troublesome utilizing your Pleasure-Con management sticks, though I discovered them to be a bit tighter than my Professional Controller. It’s also possible to use the touchscreen in handheld mode. Your hand and finger will block your view of the obstacles, however I discovered this the one option to get by way of a number of the extra brutal spike tunnels.
A couple of ranges will let you inch your means by way of, however most require very fast actions with a purpose to get the place you might want to be and again out once more earlier than one other impediment hits you. It wasn’t unusual for me to get hit when trying to achieve that final circle, however this by no means turns into terribly irritating. With correct timing and motion, you’ll be able to wrap up most of the ranges in 10 to twenty seconds. As such, having to begin over shouldn’t be a giant deal.
Ellipsis offers over 150 ranges so that you can conquer, unfold out throughout eight worlds. And though the puzzles stay considerably intelligent all through and the obstacles turn out to be extra vigorous, there’s actually not a complete lot to distinguish one from one other (though there are definitely some standouts). This isn’t an issue visually; that’s the character of vector graphics. The repetitive gameplay, nonetheless, meant that I’d by no means play quite a lot of ranges in a single sitting.
Which may be okay. It is a throwback to ’80s arcade video games, in spite of everything, and it’s not like I’d ever play quite a lot of rounds of Asteroids or Crimson Baron in standing, both. And at the least Ellipsis saves your progress and permits you to decide up the place you left off. In fact, you’re additionally given the choice to bounce again to earlier ranges so you’ll be able to enhance your star score. I’m undecided the sport offers sufficient incentive to take action, however at solely $5, it offers greater than sufficient incentive to offer it a strive.