The game can take us to an unknown world, an apocalyptic nightmare, an idyllic paradise, and everything in between. Gutwhale, on the other hand, takes us deep into the beast’s belly. Just literally.
At Gutwhale, you’ll have to travel through action roguelikes to escape the digestive system of giant marine mammals. Each level is randomly generated and can only be progressed after defeating all enemies. You are given a gun, but there is a catch. There is only one bullet and you need to get that bullet after pulling the trigger.
Descending deep into the internal organs, the enemies you face become nightmares. Floating skulls, mini spaceships, and even vicious frogs. This whale has swallowed a wide variety of rare enemies for you.
Things start relatively cute with the winding pink lumps on the floor and the peaceful looking fish stuff. Don’t be fooled. Everything that works with Gutwhale is designed to kill you and you just touch you to achieve this.
Gutwhale’s art style is a little reminiscent Butcher, Carrion And Super Meet BoyA dark and premonition environment with internal organs and gussets lined up on the wall. Enemy corpses will be scattered on the floor long after they are killed, but if you’re not careful, so will your corpses.
Losing all your lives, a huge VW camper crushes you. Again, it was probably swallowed by a whale somewhere.
Thankfully, you have many tricks at your disposal. You can equip a hat at the beginning of each run. These hats can give you higher jumps, more life, or more points and can unlock more during the run.
The best way to earn points is to start a combo. Make sure to catch the bullet before it hits the floor each time you kill it. By doing so, the combo meter will continue to move. There is no time limit. Be careful not to hit the floor. At the end of each level, you can spend points on hats, life, additional bullets, and score multipliers.
The action is enthusiastically paced and usually ends in a few seconds. If you defeat all the enemies in the room, the floor will quickly disappear and you will be straight into action again. You only have a short moment to investigate the scene below you, and where is the safest place to land. Most enemies require only one attack to defeat them, depending on where you attacked, and so do you.
Similarly, it’s optimized for the Xbox Series X | S and works at very good 4K and 60fps + throughout.
But completing the game is just the beginning. This is also the case, as Gutwhale has only three different levels. It’s short for everyone. As with any roguelike game, it’s unlikely that you’ll end up on the first, third, or tenth attempt. There is no upgrade to unlock-except for the hat-it depends purely on getting good at Gutwhale. Or it has a more familiar procedural generation for its execution.
Completing all three levels in one run gives you a secret room to investigate. Here are five blocks related to different purposes to complete with Gutwhale. Win the game, kill 50 frogs, win the game in 2 minutes, score 400 points and reach 10 combos. Anything that is already unlocked will light up, but anything that is still locked will not. Then you can go back to Gutwhale and try what’s still locked.
However, the illuminated block has a secondary purpose. Above this secret room where they are housed is a tall open space infiltrated with fragments of light. Perhaps can these blocks be moved to this space and placed as a platform?
Gutwhale is also another port for Ratalaika Games. This means a very simple result at a low price. To give credit, Gutwhale is definitely on the more difficult side of things for the Ratalaika game, but it’s still far away and easy 1000G.
Despite its short length Gutwhale I don’t think it’s too simple. Not only is it simple, but there is also a satisfying challenge when it finally hits the bottom. And even after illuminating the five blocks and achieving a “true” ending, it has a lot of reproducibility.
Gutwhale can be purchased from Xbox store just now
The game can take us to an unknown world, an apocalyptic nightmare, an idyllic paradise, and everything in between. Gutwhale, on the other hand, takes us deep into the beast’s belly. Just literally. At Gutwhale, you’ll have to travel through action roguelikes to escape the digestive system of giant marine mammals. Each level is randomly generated and can only be progressed after defeating all enemies. You are given a gun, but there is a catch. There is only one bullet and you need to get that bullet after pulling the trigger. When you get down deep inside the internal organs …
- A decent challenge
- Real satisfaction from completion
- Unusual environment
- Thanks for the free copy of the game-Ratalaika Games
- Format-Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, PC
- Version Review-Xbox Series X
- Release Date-May 21, 2021
- Price-From £ 4.99