Screenshot: David Szymanski
Are you feeling a bit bored with all the large video games this yr or all the web service video games that seemingly by no means finish? On the lookout for one thing bizarre, enjoyable, and solely about an hour lengthy? Nicely, then cease studying this (Editor’s observe: Don’t do this.) and go play the just lately launched Chop Goblins, one of many yr’s coolest little gems on Steam.
Launched final week, Chop Goblins is a fast-paced and easy shooter with retro-inspired visuals and kick-ass music. It’s the newest recreation from David Szymanski, the solo creator behind the also-awesome and equally retro-inspired shooter Nightfall. However not like Nightfall— which was a giant recreation with every kind of weapons, ranges, and methods to maneuver around the globe—Chop Goblins is a smaller and extra centered deal with, that includes only some weapons, 5 ranges, and no option to bounce or crouch. If that makes it sound like the sport is a bit easy, effectively, it’s, however in a great way, like how a fantastic restaurant would possibly solely have six issues on its menu however it nails all of them completely.
Like many traditional shooters, Chop Goblins has extra of a setup for carnage than a correct story. Your major character finds an previous field inside a museum, opens it, and lets free the titular, cheese-obsessed Chop Goblins. What are they? They’re goblins that like to cut. A few of them like to decorate up like previous girls and others get actually huge and throw meat cleavers at you. Oh, they usually received maintain of a time manipulation pill and are going to take over the world and all of time except you’ll be able to cease them utilizing a knife, a flintlock pistol, and a magic wand from Greece. Of us, it’s a bizarre one, okay?
Chop Goblins is perhaps bizarre, however it’s additionally a really well-made shooter, that includes tight controls, exact gunplay, and satisfying fight. Enemies pop and explode as they need to when killed and containers are enjoyable to interrupt, making it onerous to not simply run round each degree searching for secrets and techniques by smashing all the pieces in sight. It’s the type of recreation that simply feels good to play. Simply working round and exploring is a blast. Loads of video games might be taught a factor or two from Chop Goblins!
This tiny shooter additionally has fashion oozing out of its chopping pores. (Editor’s observe: What…?) It includes a VHS-like filter over the motion that provides all the pieces this barely previous and creepy vibe, such as you’re watching a tape somebody discovered underneath some previous containers at that closed-up video retailer just a few blocks down the road. It additionally sports activities some superb music. My spouse was within the room listening to me play the sport, and commented that “This recreation has some fucking nice music.” And he or she’s proper. Don’t actually have anything so as to add past that. Glad I married her.
Actually, the one downside I’ve with Chop Goblins is that by the top of the sport I wished extra Chop Goblins. However that’s a fantastic downside to have. I’d fairly end your recreation wishing there have been just a few extra ranges than end your recreation relieved it was lastly over. Positive, some could ask: Is a recreation that solely takes about an hour to complete value $5? I can’t reply that for you. However I can say that after I beat Chop Goblins I fired it up and performed by way of the primary two ranges another time. And within the course of, discovered a secret I’d missed. And I count on I’ll revisit this recreation after I wish to simply chill and never get slowed down in some new 300-hour epic RPG or no matter. And to me, that’s value $5, simply.