Try to maintain balance in the world all on your own in Even the Ocean.
The 2D side-scroller genre is vast. There are hundreds of games out there, all with their own unique stories, gameplay mechanics, etc. It can be difficult for a game to stand out because of just how many titles there are. But Even the Ocean from Analgesic Productions and Ratalaika Games makes a strong first impression and continues to surprise and intrigue all throughout the game.
Even the Ocean follows main character Aliph, a power plant technician on her first mission working for Whiteforge City. Shortly into her mission, her fellow technician takes a terrible fall and Aliph is forced to complete the mission alone. When she returns home, she receives a call from Whiteforge’s mayor who was impressed by her skills in the field and asks her to personally help him restore balance to some of the town’s power plants.
Things aren’t as simple as getting from point A to point B in Even the Ocean. In this side-scroller you have to utilise energy in order to progress. Aliph can use two different forms of energy to help her traverse dangerous environments. Light energy allows her to jump higher, and dark energy lets her run faster. However, if she takes in too much of either type of energy, she’ll die. Maintaining a balance between the two energies while also strategising to figure out how much of each you need to proceed is key to making progress.
As you move through Even the Ocean‘s story, it becomes obvious that things are going to get much more difficult. All around the world are energy fields, plants and more that give Aliph more energy than she can handle. A few puzzles will require her to take in just below the amount that would killer her. Touching one energy plant, or spending too long in an energy field, can quickly end Aliph’s epic adventure.
Needless to say, you’ll likely find yourself using some trial-and-error, particularly in the game’s later levels, as you figure out the best way to avoid annihilation.
The real highlight of the game, though, is its world and story. Players are sure to like Aliph from the very beginning. Jumping into her adventure is a joy; guiding her through challenging and difficult puzzles is made more enjoyable thanks to her personality. With a story-focused mode and another that focuses purely on gameplay, it lets the player choose how they’d like to play. It’s a surprising but welcome touch.
For a small indie title, Even the Ocean stands out as something unique in the side-scrolling genre. With great gameplay mechanics and an even better story, this adventure is well worth diving into.