I want you to think about two things and see what comes to mind. Otters and space. What came to mind? An epic Sci-fi channel original movie, a new science experiment, what about a hero on a mission? Any of those would be a valid choice and probably would make an awesome movie with gravity and explosions. But does Developer Wayward Distractions and Publisher The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild bring all the makings for a movie or at least a fun concept for a game? Let’s find out with Space Otter Charlie for PlayStation 4.
Space Otter Charlie is a single player game where we find out that humanity has gone and the only heros to save animal-kind from an inhospitable Earth are the otters. But just not any otters will do here, but some fearless, not afraid of gravity, well team oriented otters that can travel through space in find a new planet to call home. This is where we find that the otters are more advanced then any human could have possibly thought, so advanced, that they learned and have built their own ship and through trial and error, constructed one that could make out from Earth and into space in their now found search for that place to call home.
Of course, when it comes to otters in space (or anything in space for that matter) there is going to be a lack of gravity. And with that lack of gravity to keep your feet on the floor or any other surface, you as Charlie, will have to move through the different areas, try not to hit any obstacles that could end your otter life, and beware of the enemies. Because for one, you entered their home without an invitation, and just busted in like you own the place and trying to plant your Otter flag like you claimed it. So remember, if you ever happen to go into space and find a space station of sorts, it might be good to try and communicate first before entering or you just may not survive.
But what I will say is that controlling Charlie with no gravity is done very well here, but might take just a little bit to get used to. . Some areas you will have to squeeze in just right or fire that shot to open an area only to have it close right in front of your furry face like it happened to me on many many occasions. So timing and some patience is a very good thing to have here. You will need to watch your fuel levels, collect energy, and thrust with your jetpack. With your jetpack, you are able to land on heavier objects and use the thrust to help move them out of the way, as well as slide on the walls which not only can help with some moves, but Charlie looks pretty awesome doing it. Also, there are Otter Facts scattered throughout the game.
Along the way, you will find parts where you can get new suits and have upgrades as well which is always fun to see how much more wild Charlie can get as well as finding new animal friends to join your crew which is always a nice surprise. There is also a local multiplayer mode where you can battle in a frantic 4-player arenas in the So Urchin mode where you are fighting for food supremacy and even Furry Fury Deathmatch. I will say that I did not get to try the local multiplayer mode as I could not find anyone else to play, but do plan on it as soon as I can find someone who wants to play.
I did like the art style as it was simple and colorful. The comic style of communication between the crew is a nice touch. The music has that sci-fi aspect that complements the gameplay and should be very pleasing for everyone. If there is anything I would like to see added would be the ability to have the local multiplayer mode be online. I mean, who wouldn’t love some online Furry Fury Deathmatch? And the only other thing I would have loved to see is a VR mode. Things would pop and be so much more immersive here if Virtual Reality was an option.
Space Otter Charlie is not aiming to be nothing than other than what is presented. A fun platformer where anyone can pick up and play. If you die, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about having fun for all.
Space Otter Charlie is out now for PlayStation on the PlayStation Store. A review code was provided. To learn more about the game, please visit the site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, please visit their site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I have more suits to get.