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Youropa Review

Whose opa is it?

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on 🙃

Youropa is rated Everyone by the ESRB

Whenever you think you've played everything, an indie dev makes something truly unique so here's the mind-bending Youropa.

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The wife wanted to go to Paris and now I ain't got no colour no more

Youropa has you play as a weird thing with a big head that you can paint however you wish. Meanwhile, the game world is composed of bits and pieces of Europe that are suspended in mid-air. What sets the gameplay apart is that you have suction cup feet that allow you to walk on walls and ceilings but only when the path is curved. If you walk over a sharp corner, you'll either fall to your death or if that corner leads to a face-up surface, you'll land on your feet. This might sound complicated and it does take some time to get used to but the fact that you have a little rope tied to your ankle helps you gauge which way is up as gravity affects where it's pointing. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Well, I said it was unique, didn't I? The resulting formula can be impressively rewarding, especially when you begin to find secrets such as hidden tapes and alternate paths that lead to more levels. In other words, it may take a while to get used to how to play but once it sinks in, it's hard to put down. With that in mind, the gameplay is quite slow-paced so it acts as more of a game to wind down with as opposed to something that you'll obsessively play at peak gaming hours. There's also a lack of challenge because even when you get a game over after draining all of your character's colour, you simply restart where you left off with virtually no repercussions.

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Stay still, you bug-eyed goon; I think someone's behind you

Slowly expanding the game world as you uncover new paths is definitely satisfying yet the element that makes Youropa even more fulfilling is the fact that you'll unlock additional skills that allow you to view your surroundings, run, jump, and kick. There's also the occasional enemy that you'll have to deal with and some variety thrown in via different environments and even a driveable car. When you consider all of the collectible cassettes, secrets, and puzzles; it adds up to one varied and enjoyable campaign and it looks great, too.

As if all of this wasn't enough, you can also create and share your own levels. When it comes to making them, I found the controls to be very difficult to come to terms with and even after I did, placing objects exactly as you want is tedious work that I imagine would be much easier to do on a computer. Right now, there aren't many user-generated levels to play and the ones that I tried aren't quite as good as what the main campaign offers but I look forward to someone creating something exceptional at some point. In the end, it's excellent that this mode exists although I can't help but feel that it's a bit superfluous given its tricky controls and lack of community.

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No prblm

Youropa is a stand-out indie that offers a memorable unravelling game world that's full of variety and hidden treats. It may take things a bit slowly but the fact that it's something very different is commendable, especially because it does everything very well.

  • + Very cool premise that becomes rather rewarding once it grows on you
  • + Plenty of nifty unlockable abilities
  • + You can create and share levels
  • - Gameplay is generally slow-paced which may make some gamers impatient
  • - Little consequence for failure
  • - Making levels can be tedious
7.4 out of 10
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