|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Red Rocket Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Red Rocket Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 20, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game has an interesting art style and nice backgrounds, but for some reason Red Rocket Games does not allow the players to adjust the game's visuals. This is a problem because you can't even adjust the resolution, so this can turn into a blurry mess for many gamers who have high resolution monitors. Obviously, there is no widescreen support either. It is disappointing because this has been an industry standard for quite some time now.
Anti-aliasing is also disabled, so the visuals are full of jaggies. The maximum resolution is only 800x600. I hope Red Rocket Games will release a patch to address this problem. Fortunately, the music is very catchy; all the tracks were made specifically for the game. They were produced by live musicians and most of the music is very upbeat and funky, although the extra sounds that come from hitting the notes are sometimes distracting and out of place. The well-composed tracks will hopefully distract many players from the lackluster visuals.
Mevo & the Grooveriders is a fun and addictive game, though it is too short. The developer chose to cheaply lengthen the game by forcing players to replay levels in order to progress further into the game, and the addictive gameplay can sometimes turn into frustrating. The developer's choice to disable adjusting the graphics settings is a strange one because this game could really benefit from sharper visuals. This choice will no doubt frustrate many gamers, since I'm sure Mevo & the Grooveriders will not only be played by the casual crowd but by hardcore gamers as well.
Red Rocket Games promises continued support of Mevo & the Grooveriders, so hopefully many of these issues will be ironed out, and maybe we will get some new content as well. The ability to use MP3s would be a welcomed one. Players can purchase the game on Steam for $9.99. The Steam version includes bonus characters from Left 4 Dead: Bill, Francis, Louis, the Hunter, and Zoey. You can also download a demo at www.mevoworld.com.
CCC Freelance Writer