Sideway: New York
Being a kid that grew up playing the NES, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo, I developed an undying appreciation for the nostalgia of platform games. So when I played the Sideway: New York demo last night, I appreciated the 3D twist on a classic-style 2D platformer. The thing that pushed it over the edge for me, though, were the graffiti and urban-inspired visuals.
In the game you are Nox, a graffiti artist from New York who just so happened to paint over the wrong guy’s tag. That guy is Spray, who ends up sucking Nox into his world where he is transformed into graffiti. Pretty simple story, but it sets up the rest of the game play where you control Nox as if he were a piece of moving graffiti, always attached to the surface of a building. Overcoming obstacles like drainage pipes and using windows and other graffiti tags as platforms, you move from building to building as they flip orientation placing you on another side or even on top of the building . Trust me, it’s not as confusing as it sounds and it’s pretty fun once you get the hang of it.
The animation is done by Wild Brain, the same studio responsible for Kid Robot, Yo Gabba Gabba, and the emmy-nominated, Ricky Gervais Show. This game, for me, is worth playing just to see the fantastic artwork. Not only that, but there’s some pretty dope music playing throughout the levels. My only problem with this game is that at times Nox feels detached from the rest of the environments, most noticeably when he jumps, which feels more like he’s floating than jumping. Other than that, it reminds me of games like Jet Grind/Jet Set Radio in a way, and it’s just fun to play.
This isn’t a real review, by the way. Just wanted to share with you guys. Check out the actual trailer and art development blog below.