Review: Qomp2


Posted on February 21, 2024 by fncwill

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5.5/10

Summary

Qomp2 embraces the spirit of 90s arcade gaming, blending familiar elements with innovative gameplay. Despite the Pong-inspired marketing, the game evolves into a challenging puzzle-platformer that stands on its own merits. With its clever level design, challenging bosses, and a soundtrack that harks back to the golden age of gaming, Qomp2 is a game for those seeking a nostalgic yet fresh gaming experience, but isn’t a game that’s even close to being worth its price-tag of $19.99 USD ($25.99 CAD) , as is a game that should have been exclusive to just the Atari VCS where it feels the game truly belongs and can have its moment of fame and not get lost in the sea of better titles for the price.

Developer – Graphite Lab

Publisher – Atari

Platforms –  PC (Reviewed) , Nintendo Switch, PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S,Atari VCS

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Embarking on a nostalgic journey down memory lane, Qomp2 tries to seamlessly bridge the gap between the classic simplicity of Pong on the Atari and the modern gaming landscape.

Qomp2 takes the stage as an intriguing sequel to its predecessor, qomp, with promises of an “artful reimagining of Pong.” However, as you delve into the minimalist world, it becomes evident that Qomp2 is more of a puzzle-platforming maze adventure than a faithful homage to Pong. The “pong-like” white ball is the only thread connecting the two, other than your “characters” movement, as the game evolves into a unique and challenging experience. As someone who fondly recalls the pixelated paddles and monochromatic charm of the iconic Atari console, diving into Qomp2 just didn’t bring back that pong-like classic feel fully for me.

In Qomp2, your command extends beyond the basic trajectory adjustments of a Pong ball. As the pixelated protagonist hurtles forward, your influence is limited to altering its course by precise 45-degree angles through the press of a button. Building on this classic control scheme, Qomp2 introduces a groundbreaking addition: a second button that, when held down, charges up a Dash. This Dash, a novel feature in the Qomp series, empowers players to smash through impassable blue barriers scattered across the environment. This dynamic maneuver becomes pivotal in navigating intricate, timed puzzles, adding an extra layer of strategy to the gameplay. This 90s-inspired escapade retains the charm of classic arcade simplicity, inviting players to master both trajectory adjustments and the newfound Dash ability, a fusion of nostalgic callbacks and innovative gameplay elements.

Qomp2’s cerebral puzzling aspect is where it truly shines. The initial simplicity of the controls contrasts sharply with the complex and compelling gameplay. As you progress through 30 levels across four worlds, the game constantly challenges your reflexes and problem-solving skills. Hidden collectibles beckon you to explore every nook and cranny of the minimalist maps, reminiscent of the era where uncovering secrets was an integral part of the gaming experience.

Throughout the adventure, Qomp2 artfully introduces new features, mechanics, and hazards, keeping the player engaged and eager for the next surprise. The evolving challenges pay homage to the heyday of 90s arcade gaming, where each level brought a fresh twist to the gaming experience.

The presence of four challenging bosses at the end of each world further amplifies the nostalgic arcade vibes. These bosses are reminiscent of the epic encounters that punctuated classic arcade titles, requiring players to hone their skills and adapt to unique attack patterns. The quick respawn feature adds an extra layer of authenticity, ensuring that the action never slows down.

Qomp2’s soundscape, featuring ambient jams, provides a serene backdrop to the pixelated journey, transporting players to an era where simple melodies accompanied thrilling adventures. The soundtrack perfectly complements the minimalist aesthetic, creating an immersive experience that resonates with the essence of retro gaming.

Qomp2 embraces the spirit of 90s arcade gaming, blending familiar elements with innovative gameplay. Despite the Pong-inspired marketing, the game evolves into a challenging puzzle-platformer that stands on its own merits. With its clever level design, challenging bosses, and a soundtrack that harks back to the golden age of gaming, Qomp2 is a game for those seeking a nostalgic yet fresh gaming experience, but isn’t a game that’s even close to being worth its price-tag of $19.99 USD ($25.99 CAD) , as is a game that should have been exclusive to just the Atari VCS where it feels the game truly belongs and can have its moment of fame and not get lost in the sea of better titles for the price.

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