|Release: June 9, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
There's also a challenge mode, in which you have to try to rack up the highest score you can before getting three “misses.” Getting a high enough score unlocks the next level, and there are online leaderboards available for this mode. The chance of actual failure makes this mode less meditative, although the elemental themes of each challenge are still quite attractive.
It's nice to see a game that is both high-concept and challenging, which is why it's a shame that Entwined has occasional framerate issues. Dropped frames while navigating an obstacle nearly always mean failure, which is quite frustrating. It didn't happen to me in every level, but it happened often enough to be annoying, and with the simplicity of the game and the power of the PlayStation 4, this sort of thing shouldn't be happening at all. It's especially bad news in challenge mode, because nothing is worse during a score challenge than getting a “miss” that isn't your fault.
Entwined is one of the better digital games to be released on the PlayStation 4, although a lack of strong competition weighs into that estimation. It's lovely and challenges gamers in an unusual way, but it is also hampered by an awkward (and possibly painful) control scheme and dropped frames. Still, if you're one of those head-patters and belly-rubbers, it's only $10, so why not give it a try?
Date: June 12, 2014