Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark Review – An Ever Changing Platformer

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Developer Italic Pig’s Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark is another entry into the world of side scrolling, physics based platformers. Is it worth your time or should the cat be left in the bag?

There’s chaos at the Particle Zoo! What used to be a cheery theme-park environment is now overrun with hungry leptons, sticky-fingered gluons and massive, stubborn bosons. The Zoo is put on lockdown, and the emergency services are called in to sort everything out. Those emergency services? Schrödinger’s Cat, of course!

Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark is an action-adventure-platformer-puzzler that strays from your every-day platformer, combining lateral-thinking and multi-solution logic with quick-action combat in a world that is never exactly the same twice thanks to the random generation of each level. make sure you have your thinking cap on, and your memory ready to be tested, as this game will not only test your thinking skills, but your reflexes and ability to pull off combos as well.

The Game

Any quantum physicist worth his salt knows that quarks make protons & neutrons, which form the core of atoms, which can be mashed together into any chemical element, which can be made into anything from helium balloons to Golden Gate Bridges to leaf blowers to hazelnut spread. So for the sake of argument, you can make pretty much anything if you’ve got enough Quarks.

Up and Down QuarksTop and Bottom QuarksThere are six main types of Quarks. The first four – Up, Down, Top and Bottom – are extremely common. They’re like tribbles. You can’t spit without hitting one in the eye.

Each quark has its own unique properties. Without going into too much detail here: Ups help with the heavy lifting, Downs can dig to the root of the problem, Tops can keep the heavy rain off, and Bottoms provide a firm foundation.

Quark CombosHere’s the other thing about Quarks: like buses and bad luck, they always come in threes. It takes three Quarks to make a bit of temporary matter, and it’s your job to figure out what temporary matter will help you out of a jam. Three Ups will lift you off the ground by the tail, where three Downs will drill a hole through a particularly annoying barricade.

Okay, what about two Ups and a Down, you say? A flying drill! Otherwise known as a Missile.

Quarks are your gold, your troops, your collectibles and your ammunition. Grab as many as you can, then mash them together into combos creatively and indiscriminately for a multitude of solutions to any puzzle. Plus, they’re cute.

The fifth quark is the Charm Quark. He’s very rare and very handy to have around when you get into a pickle.
Then there’s the Strange Quark which you’ll find out about while playing the game.

The Rundown

Italic Pig’s Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark is a fun and entertaining game, with great voice acting, ever changing levels, and a level of difficulty that will grow on you. It’s low price of $9.99 belies its depth and replayability that comes from its fun mechanics, interesting physics, and ever changing levels.

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