Do you have a fear of heights? If you do you might as well stop reading this review right now and go on to our next post. Welkin Road is a going to be your worst nightmare.
Everyone else – stick around there’s a potential gem here.
Welkin Road takes the puzzle platform genre and put’s it on steroids. The game has you work through a maze in the clouds at what often seems like a breakneck speed. It gives you a first person perspective and lets you parkor from ledge to ledge bouncing off and running along walls and using your grappling hooks to keep the momentum going.
The first level takes you through your abilities from movement and crouching to jumping off walls and then on to grappling. Your character uses energy grapples that come from each glove and can only connect to specific points. Once connected you can swing around corners shorten and lengthen to build up momentum and swing from hand to hand from grip to grip.
The game is in early access and as is to be expected there’s still some here to do. Some of the menus are not properly populated and some of the physics and movement when you’re swinging doesn’t feel quite right or constant.
So far there are two modes – an exploration mode that lets carefully explore and work your way through the puzzles and once you’ve worked it out a speed run option gives you a chance to test your nerves.
Price: £8.99 (regular price £9.99 from the 20 April)
Included in the box: Steam Early Access with the full game when it releases.
About Nkidu Games (Publisher) and Gregor Panič (Dev)
Nkidu Games is a small publisher set up in 2013 that’s focused on smaller indie games. Panic is a Slovakian developer who has previously worked on 3dAPI – a bench-marking application.
- Genre: First person 3d puzzle platformer
- Length of game: 6-7 hours to play once (estimated)
- PEGI/ESRB rating – unrated
- Platforms: PC
- Difficulty settings: one standard setting
Welkin Road is priced at £9 on Steam and will rise to £10 in a few days time. From my play so far I’d estimate the game will take 7 plus hours to do a single fast play through for a competent player. At that point you can speedrun and try and beat your own times or other’s times.
OS: Windows XP SP2 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 275
DirectX: Version 9.0
Storage: 4 GB available space
If you’re a free running or parkor fan the last couple of years have been kind to you with Dying Light and Mirrors Edge offering great possibilities but Welkin takes it in the direction of puzzles and speed rather than an openworld.
The Early Access version of Welkin Road is clearly a labor of love and while it does need a little more variety in its scenery and could do with a story line it’s already a very fun and adrenaline packed experience. Recommended for free running fans and one to keep an eye on for the rest of us.
The review is based on the Early Access to Welkin Road kindly provided by Nkidu. This article was first published on 17th April 2016.