For those of us that are tired of the same old formula for platform games, the last thing we want is another one that lacks innovation and anything that sets it apart. On the surface , Scaler definitely falls into that scenario and even after playing for some time, innovation is not going to be a large part of this game. However, Scaler does have something to offer that's hard to ignore and creates a highly polished and well-designed experience.
The surprising thing about Scaler is the game is just plain fun to play. The gameplay is robust with reasonably challenging puzzles to solve, the control system is enjoyable as Scaler is easy to move and smooth, and the story is humorous with a solid plot. You just don't get much beyond the platform genre basics but in this case, I wouldn't let that persuade you from this game. Every now and then a game comes along that is fundamentally sound in almost every area and Scaler fits this without question. That fact that the gameplay has almost no problems and the individual elements works together flawlessly creates a situation where the fact that innovation is lacking becomes a less critical factor to the overall quality of the game.
The graphics and audio continue the trend with better-then-expected performances. The environments and enemies are varied and creative, the cutscenes are well developed, and it has an overall polished feel. The audio keeps pace as well with good voice-overs and supporting effects.
The bottom line with Scaler is that what is does, it does well. It's definitely not going to redefine the genre but it does show that quality does play as important a role as innovation in game development. Add the fact that Scaler is retailing for $20 and at the least you found a good way to stretch your Christmas buying potential.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP