In Tidbits, we cover games that are difficult to cover in our regular review template. In this Tidbits article, we review Mayhem in Single Valley, My Litle Prince: A jigsaw puzzle tale, and Superliminal.
Mayhem in Single Valley
Review Score – 82%
As the name suggests, there’s plenty of mayhem to get from this game, and you’ll notice that as soon as you start a new game as your character will fly right next to a plane and you’ll see clones of yourself falling from it. It turns out that scene was all just a dream, and it’s the day you’re supposed to start college somewhere else. When you’re ready to go, the real mayhem starts thanks to a mysterious liquid capable of turning every being into a kind of zombie.
Gameplay-wise, I liked the idea of throwing things the animal/human likes to distract, and eventually turn them back to normal or even infect them, but I wasn’t a fan of the platforming because it sometimes felt difficult for me to get the proper angle for a jump, thanks to the camera angle chosen. The 2D and 3D mix here worked pretty well visually, feeling unique compared to other games that do this.
The electronic soundtrack also works nicely with the chaos around you and feels a bit on the retro side. The only bad thing I can say about Mayhem in Single Valley is that I experienced FPS drops when I was in a big area with lots of zombies. If you’re interested in a different and somewhat chaotic experience I’d recommend you give it a try. We already have a full review of the PC version of this game from 2021, which you can check out [HERE].
Written by: Colombo
Reviewed on: Xbox One
My Little Prince – A jigsaw puzzle tale
Review Score – 70%
As the name suggests, this is a jigsaw puzzle game. There’s a single song playing in the background, but it’s pleasant, despite feeling repetitive after finishing multiple jigsaw puzzles while listening to it in a row.
There are only nine puzzles available, which felt somewhat disappointing to see, they can be played in 60, 135, 240, 375, 540, or 735 pieces versions though.
The art is pretty good looking, and when you finish a puzzle a phrase from the little prince book shows up, along with the image having a simple animation to it. I’ve played digital jigsaw puzzle games before, and while this one is different from them, it falls short of not having much variety but it still is relaxing to play if that’s what you’re looking for.
Written by: Colombo
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Review Score – 65%
Superliminal is a weird beast that will screw your depth perception over more than once. The premise is simple. This is a puzzle platforming game. You traverse through the levels by manipulating the objects in your surrounding area. Though, don’t let this mislead you into thinking that it’ll be a walk in the park. Everything is far from it!
Because, as I previously mentioned, depth perception isn’t just an option here, the entire game revolves around it. You manipulate the objects around you by picking them up and, through the power of the field of depth, enlarge or shrink the object, to fit into the need of your traversal path.
Though, be warned. Due to this specific quirk in gameplay, a motion sickness bag may be a worthwhile investment. Me, myself, I couldn’t really play this game for long stretches, due to the FOV just being way too massive for my liking. On the audio front, you’ll be treated to some soothing songs while you make your way through the levels. Is it a worthwhile pickup? Sure, it’s on Game Pass. Should you buy it? If you’re really into it and want to support the developer? Then by all means… Go right ahead. Otherwise? I might just say to play it while it’s still on there.
Written by: Alexis
Reviewed on: Xbox Series X
Hello, I’m Victoria. I’m from the UK and have been playing video games for as long as I can remember; back on DreamCast. I’ve pretty much fallen for Xbox since I was around eight years old and remember BioShock being my first game on the Xbox360. Although I find it thoroughly enjoyable to not only experience gameplay, I also find comfort in getting lost and engrossed in the online worlds that sometimes differ greatly from what we know. Another side of my Xbox passion would be achievement hunting and gamerscore. I thrive when I hear the little sound of one popping up on the screen and I’m always finding ways to work on my backlog when possible. Horror is my favourite genre so if you have any recommendations, don’t be afraid to send them my way!