Tuesday Night Indie Spotlight #96: Plox Neon | PS4 Gameplay
Plox Neon is an interesting title to say the least. On the one hand, it's a novel puzzler, tasking the player with controlling a ship capable of trapping and eliminating the monsters scattered throughout each of the game's 60 stages. On the other hand, it's frustratingly obtuse, lacking any kind of tutorial or explanation of exactly what the game's rules of engagement are. In a puzzle game with a concept as foreign as this one -- utilizing your ship, you're enclosing parts of the level to both eliminate areas of the stage and eradicate the monsters trapped within -- it would have benefitted the game greatly to have provided some type of direction to the player. The mechanics don't seem very defined. What constitutes when a monster is trapped? How do the pre-existing walls factor into gameplay exactly? At what point is an area considered enclosed for elimination? None of these questions are ever answered with any type of definitive clarity while playing Plox Neon. It's seemingly random, mechanically speaking, and that's not good when you're playing a puzzle game in which high scores are based on an intimate knowledge of how the game plays. Frame rate is also a bummer here. While the game is smooth for the most part, it just seems like something is off when watching the game in motion. 60fps would have been a welcome addition here. The soundtrack is aces and the concept is unique, but I left my brief time with Plox Neon wanting more. Hopefully developer Desert Owl Games can patch in some type of tutorial or explanation of the game's rules at some point in the near future. It's desperately needed. If you've yet to check out Plox Neon for yourself, take a look at the video above and see what it's all about!
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Special thanks to developer Desert Owl Games for suppling both a digital copy of Plox Neon to stream on the show, as well as a digital copy to give away to one lucky viewer. Plox Neon is available now on PS4 and PC!