Trover Saves the Universe is a inventive and hilarious journey by way of the splendidly insane thoughts of Justin Roiland. Boasting memorable characters, an extremely humorous script, and distinctive however completely gratifying gameplay, Trover is likely one of the most enjoyable video games presently out there for VR.
Trover Saves the Universe
Developer: Squanch Video games
Platforms: PS4 (reviewed) and PC
MonsterVine was supplied with a PS4 code for evaluate
One thing about Justin Roiland’s humorousness simply will get me. Clearly, Rick and Morty (the hit present he and Dan Harmon co-created) is a superb instance, however I’ve an actual smooth spot for his older, surreal web work from his Channel 101 days. Home of Cosbys, Mr. Sprinkles, The Unmarketables, The Grandma’s Virginity Podcast— all extremely completely different shorts and exhibits with the connecting thread of Roiland’s pleasantly gross absurdism. I used to be instantly serious about Trover Saves the World when it was introduced, if solely to get one other dose of his humor, however upon enjoying the sport, I discovered myself stunned at simply how genuinely good it’s.
It’s laborious to explain the story of Trover. It’s free and everywhere, however in a approach that works with the sport’s humor. Your canine get stolen by a rogue Abstainer, which is a god-like being that appears like an enormous chook. By placing the canine in his eyeballs, Glorkon (the Abstainer) positive factors some type of energy. You, alongside Trover, must do quite a lot of surreal and seemingly unrelated jobs as a way to take Glorkon down. One minute, you’re beating up an previous curmudgeon. The following, you’re overfeeding an unlimited man so you will discover a Crystal Energy Child in Flesh World. It’s every kind of bizarre, but it surely works so properly with Trover’s humor that I can’t advocate it sufficient.
Like with all humor, Trover’s writing (and assumedly, its gallons of improvisation) received’t be for everyone. There’s a number of gross-out humor and observational humor, but it surely’s delivered in such a real and goofy approach that it simply works. As I mentioned earlier than, I’ve a smooth spot for Roiland’s humor, so fellow followers of Rick and Morty and his different works will doubtless get essentially the most out of Trover. The humor isn’t tailor-made to be unique to those present fanbases although, so chances are you’ll very properly discover it hilarious with out having heard of Justin Roiland. If the humor isn’t for you although, you’ll doubtless have issue with Trover, for the reason that jokes and dialogue are an unlimited a part of the sport.
“… I’d undoubtedly advocate enjoying Trover in VR in case you have the choice. It’s much more enjoyable and immersive, and it simply works higher.“
In Trover, you technically play because the titular Trover. You’re truly a Chairopean, a lifeform that exists by sitting in a chair and holding a controller. Trover lets the Chairopean remotely management him, permitting him to resolve puzzles, battle enemies, and climb platforms. This mechanic is important as a result of the Chairopean can’t stroll round or transfer on his personal. Trover has to step on particular nodes that permit the Chairopean to teleport to him. It’s laborious to explain by way of textual content, but it surely’s a singular system of management that works extremely well-especially in VR.
The one adverse to Trover is that its controls are undoubtedly weaker exterior of VR mode. Having to make use of the controller to go searching makes refined modifications in path and particular actions a bit irritating, and extra cumbersome. It’s not damaged, by any means, however I’d undoubtedly advocate enjoying Trover in VR in case you have the choice. It’s much more enjoyable and immersive, and it simply works higher.
“Each alien world appears like a very new and engaging place– even while you’re platforming on large flesh nodes and enamel.“
Nearly all of Trover is spent platforming, combating, or fixing physics-based puzzles to advance. Combating is fairly fundamental, as you solely have just a few combos and a few Chairopean expertise to work with. Fight by no means actually overstays its welcome, so it’s enjoyable to smack chickens and throw objects at them for a little bit of time right here and there. Puzzles are pretty easy for essentially the most half however may be solved in other ways when you’re keen to experiment with platforming and physics. Total the issue of Trover’s puzzles is totally high quality, as I used to be by no means pissed off or stumped, and by no means actually bored both.
The platforming in Trover might simply have been an unlimited concern, however the well-implemented capacity to “pop-up” in your chair makes it an gratifying breeze. If you could change your perspective, you’ll be able to simply zip upwards (or again downwards) in your chair, providing you with a unique approach to see platforms, collectibles, and enemies from. That is particularly useful when accumulating Inexperienced Energy Infants, Trover’s suitably odd primary collectibles (every with their very own wacky description, a few of that are really gold). To gather a floating Child, you simply take a look at it and maintain R2– a simple job when you’re keen to look a bit.
Lastly, I’ve obtained to offer credit score to Trover for its visuals and music. Roiland’s iconic fashion is on full show in Trover, with loopy colours and odd shapes in every single place. Each alien world appears like a very new and engaging place– even while you’re platforming on large flesh nodes and enamel. Each residing factor has its personal vibe to it, and I by no means discovered myself getting bored with my environment. The music is commonly fairly enjoyable, with the title display’s tune and “Vanilla Village” standing out as my two favorites for the way unusual however enjoyable they’re.
The Closing Phrase
I like Trover Saves the Universe a complete fleeping lot. Justin Roiland’s surreal worlds and ridiculous humor had me laughing out loud quite a few instances all through your complete recreation, whereas the precise gameplay stored me invested always. It’s a bit clunky exterior of VR mode, and Roiland’s humor received’t be for everybody, however I completely loved my time with Trover–each the sport and the character.
MonsterVine Evaluation Rating: four out of 5 – Good