SUPERHOT – Simplicity Meets Brilliance

What happens when someone takes a brilliant idea and pushes it to its limits? Find out in my review of SUPERHOT.

Copyright SUPERHOT.

I’ve talked about simplicity before with games such as Mini Metro and Flux8. Simplicity is a tool that game designers can use to their advantage. It saves a hell of a lot of time and money when making a game if it is a simple concept that is exploited to its full potential.

SUPERHOT does this well. The game is based on a simple concept: time only moves when you do. You’re already imagining the sort of thing you could do with that power, aren’t you? In SUPERHOT, you use that power to fend off enemies. Imagine being able to dodge bullets Matrix-style and plan your next three moves before your foe has time to blink.

Coupled with this amazing idea is a well put-together game. I love the whole design of it, really. There is a reasonable learning curve that, by the end, has only taught you a few new skills but, my God, you feel powerful by the end. I also love the UI. It’s not entirely user-friendly at a first glance but you need to bare in mind that this is a game, not an app or website, and it is fairly intuitive and is just as easy to use as any other UI.

The one problem I have with this game is that its campaign is too short. As a game developer, that is a lovely problem to have. There is just not enough of the good stuff. I want more! I played it for about 2 hours and finished the story. I would have liked a slower progression because the story is fairly well done and very chilling. That said, there is an Endless Mode that you unlock after finishing the story. So, I can continue throwing briefcases at people and stealing their guns from mid-air.


If that last sentence doesn’t sound like fun, then I don’t know what does.

Also, it is compatible with VR. I played it with a mouse and keyboard and loved it but have no doubt in my mind that playing it in VR would be even better! So, when I become a millionaire I shall purchase a VR headset and play SUPERHOT again.

It’s the most innovative shooter I’ve played in years. Definitely recommended.

Featured image Copyright SUPERHOT.


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