Oct 25, 2013
More and more mobile games are utilizing physics in unique ways. Ever since the rise of Angry Birds, developers are looking for new ways to bring the force that dictates all things in the real world into the games that appear on phones and tablets. Physics are implemented in a variety of different games, offering unique game play options and interesting ways of using the laws of science within the game. Look Out Below is one of those games that offers an uncommon usage of physics while offering a simple, but testing game play.
The goal of Look Out Below seems simple enough; drop cargo in order to keep your broken and falling plane in the sky and in one piece. But there is more to this title than just that. In this game, the goal is also to make sure the various cargo one dumps gets a safe landing. The cargo isn’t just random boxes either; players will have to deal with anything from supply crates to livestock to paratroopers in your cargo hold, while assuring you drop them where the given cargo will land the safest. Points are scored for safe landings of the cargo and points are deducted for non safe landings. This, of course, occurring while the player still needs to keep the aircraft in the sky and not crashing to the earth, or any subsequent terrain that is in the way. As one can see, it’s very easy to have a negative score at the end of a level, if a player only concerns themselves with the safety of the plane.
Physics, however, plays a major role in a player’s success or failure in dropping their cargo. Anything thrown from the plane doesn’t simply fall to the ground in a beautiful straight line. Rather, players will have to be concerned with a more realistic freefall of the cargo, more based on weight than anything. Luckily, there isn’t anything extreme such as weather or wind, but timing and accuracy are still the keys for success in Look Out Below.
Other ancillary things, such as the music and graphics, are also pretty stellar in this title. The graphics in Look Out Below won’t rival the beauty of a game like Sine Mora, but they certainly aren’t to be casted off as nothing either. The graphics may resonate with people who were fans of older console graphics from the original Xbox or PS2 era, which weren’t shabby. For a team comprised of 2 people (plus occasional extras, according to their site), both the graphics and sound are done in such a way that this game looks and feels as great as it is to play.
Look Out Below may not be the kind of game you know you want to play, but after giving it a chance, you’ll wonder why you never found it before. This simple but challenging indie game sets out to bring the retro arcade experience to mobile devices, and does an all around impressive job at doing so. There’s absolutely nothing that should irk the player of this title, other than the difficulty of the game itself. Look Out Below won’t let you pull a “Miracle on the Hudson”, but it does soar high as a entertaining game for anyone to enjoy.