How to sum up 140? There isn’t really an exact word that comes to mind. How about a soothing trippy platformer full of interesting shapes? While the game itself is not difficult there will be times the player will have to stop and think. This game should appeal to anyone who likes non standard Indie based platformers.
The game is on the short side. This might be my only thing I didn't like. I like platforming games especially ones with a little bit of a challenge or interesting characters. Games like guacamelee, Counterspy, or Trine are games I will binge on in order to force myself to complete them. This game was not what I expected at first. I have never been very good at rhythm games or games that keep the difficulty climbing. But 140 reminds me of Limbo, which was a game that I just enjoyed playing. I can take what 140 offers with a grain of sand and work with this. The protagonist in this game is an ever changing shape, from circles to triangles and everything else in between. Gamers looking for a story are not going to find it here. This doesn’t mean 140 won’t be interesting.
For starters, the gameplay is simple, players move left and right, jump and fall while they hunt down orbs which unlock doors. Sounds simple enough right, where is the challenge in this.. Gamers will quickly discover the puzzles get harder. Gamers are really going to have to pay attention to the ever changing blocks in the background which may interfere with the the progress. Did I mention the music? This seems to be one of the game’s strongest points. The music in 140 is a groovy, pulse pounding beat, something that belongs in an acid trip. By falling into the rhythm gamers should start to see how this plays into the game. Try to listen to the music and let it guide you.
Weapons come along eventually, but they auto fire to the musical pulses. They come in handy as the levels get harder and harder. The game is short, around an hour. There is a hardcore mode that unlocks which will really forced interested gamers to pay attention.
The game was provided by the publisher for review. It is $5 on PSN.
Final score is 4/5