Entwined Review
Entwined Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Pixelopus
Pub: Sony
Release: June 9, 2014
Players: 1
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.

Entwined Screenshot

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.

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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?

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
Date: June 12, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Simple concept and elegant design work very well here.
3.0
Control
The controls present a unique challenge, but can be awkward or even painful for some players.
3.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music fits the game's atmosphere well, but is a bit generic.
3.5
Play Value
The addition of a challenge mode adds value to this short game.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Innovative new game mechanic that draws you into a state of ‘gaming Zen.’
  • Vibrant and abstract art style underwritten by a mesmerizing soundtrack.
  • Addictive challenge mode with five elementally themed levels to unlock .

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