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Review: GenerativeCity Freerun





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Quick Information

Rating: Average
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Age Rating Suitable for everyone
License: Freeware
System used: Thaddeus
Available From: Itch.io

Game Screenshots


Looking over the rooftops


Found it


Unwinnable by design

General Comments

There really isn't much to this game, but it turns out to be a fun little diversion from the more serious games out there. At its heart, it's just a tool to generate a generic city using a number of building designs. This isn't really all that interesting, so to spice things up the developer added a way to play a sort of single player hide and seek.

Every time the city is generated, a red cuboid object is dropped into the city. Your goal, if you want to call it that, is to walk, run or jump around the city in order to find this object. As soon as you come into contact with it, a new city will be generated and the cube will be hidden once again.

While it's sometimes easy to spot the cube's bright red color against the plain white cityscape, there is another cue that will help guide you to it. When you're near the cube, you'll hear what sounds like a choir's voice. The closer you are, the louder it gets, and the stereo sound effects let you hear where the cube is in relation to the direction you're facing. Headphones can emphasize this difference, making the game easier.

Also, if you're rather just wander around the city, there's nothing to stop you. Finding the cube is pretty much the only bit of "gaming" here, but it can be fun seeing how far you can climb or just looking around at the buildings that have been created for you.

All in all, this is a neat timewaster; it's not fancy, but it can still be fun. Also, since there's no time limit or dangers of any sort, this might be a good way to introduce someone to first person controls -- just wander about and search for the cubes until you're familiar with using WASD and the mouse.

Pros

Explore a new city every try
Each time you start the game, catch the cube or request a restart, the entire map regenerates with new buildings. While there's only so many variations of buildings to see, you can be assured that every street you wander through is entirely unique to that trip.


Easily restart when you want
Whenever you want to start over, hit the N key and the game will serve up a fresh map and hide the cube somewhere new.


Cons

Building spawning is a bit fickle
Buildings are often created so close together that they merge and form strange designs that no architect would've thought to make. This can keep things from getting too boring, but it comes at a small price. Sometimes when buildings overlap, the game can't really tell where the player is standing, and this causes the player to fall through what looks like a solid roof. Fortunately, you'll end up standing on the roof that was underneath it, but clipping errors like this are usually not considered to be a good thing in games.


Not every map is solvable
One of the downsides of the simple map generation is that when the cube is dropped into the city, the game doesn't check that the player can actually reach it. This means there will be plenty of times where you can't win and have no choice but to start over by using the N key.


Concerns and Issues

None
Wandering around an empty city with nothing aside from you and your footsteps can be a bit creepy, but there's really nothing here to worry about. You can't get hurt by falling too far, and there isn't anything you can do to damage anything in the city. This game's environment is incredibly sterile and harmless.