With the recent updates to Portal 2 I got a needy feeling for more first-person puzzle goodness and thankfully The GoD Unit seems to deliver on that. Note: key provided by the developer.
The idea here is that you’re going to be playing with mass. Using the tried and tested weighted cubes from Portal and other puzzle games, you run around rooms moving cubes around to press down buttons. However, there’s quite a bit more than meets the eye here. You’re constantly messing around with the mass of these cubes, making them weigh more or less using the special tech in the facility.
It sprinkles in the humour nicely too, with the narrator joking with you as you go along. There’s many clear nods to Portal and other games but due to the design in The GoD Unit it still managed to feel firmly unique. The GoD Unit has been quite a joy to play through. Graphically a bit bland perhaps but it makes up for it with the cleverly designed puzzles and the situations it puts you in, plus the various props used for the puzzles themselves are quite amusing at times.
You’ll be doing a big ol’ mix of throwing yourself and cubes across the screen on bouncing pads, making some sort of laser fire to power up various equipment and much more. The variety that it offers it great, and it uses the mass mechanic very nicely. As you go through, different buttons require different mass weight and you can change the mass by throwing cubes through a special kind of field that changes it. However, the levels also need you to work through them to activate these fields or to reach them in awkward places. Some are a bit of a maze!
- Unique mechanics combinations that encourage out-of-the-box thinking
- 42+ levels ranging from fairly simple to “I just want to lie down and cry” challenging
- Scattered pieces of lore that reward the most attentive players
- Jokes that are hopefully funny to anyone besides the authors
Cat Floor Studio, the developer, is a solo studio too which is surprising given how much thought went into this i would have expected at least 3-4 people on it. Always surprises me what tiny teams and solo developers can do. The GoD Unit might be one of my bigger surprises so far this year, as something I definitely wasn’t expecting to be this good. It’s not on the level of The Talos Principle or Portal but it’s absolutely worth picking up if those are the types of titles you enjoy.
You can buy it on Steam.