Gene Effect is an outstanding new action adventure title from Lightstorm3D. It takes many of the same themes and ideas of a game like Waking Mars, with a similar sense of discovery and wonderment, but executes on them in a different way. Things get pretty hectic as you pilot a simple mining vessel, called the Triton, through a cavernous alien world, collecting resources and relics while also uncovering a mystery or two. It’s not a perfect game, with some pacing issues down the line, but it does so much right that you’ll probably overlook the flaws.
Essentially, your greatest nemeses in this game are rocks. You’ll likely run into rocky, jagged walls, stalactites, and stalagmites while avoiding your secondary nemesis, highly defensive acid-spraying plant life. The controls are simple enough, with a virtual joystick for full range movement, plus a charge-up repulsor attack for getting rid of smaller rock formations. You’ll also collect weapons from time to time, like lock-on missiles that let you clear dangerous formations. The weapons are more like a puzzle element than a combat one, and this game doesn’t really have enemies. It’s really just a game about a small team of dudes trying to survive a hostile alien environment, and it’s done quite well.
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