You know what’s big? Giants. You know what giants have that are also big? Imaginations! So big in fact, that 11 giants combined their imaginations to create the game world of Glitch. Glitch is a new web-based MMO created by Tiny Speck that allows players to run around one “giant” universe learning, creating, and doing! You control a very customizable character that lives in the imaginations of the ancient giants (I like to think that one looks much like Cthulu). Beyond that, the more you play, the more you shape the universe.
The pen is mightier
When you’re dropped in the game, you have your typical quick tutorial section but one of the things that’s different about this game is the writing. You’re greeted with something akin to “Let’s get this tutorial over with!” In fact, all of the writing in this game is flat-out amazing. I find myself chuckling at nearly every line. Once you get through learning the basics of the game, the experience starts expanding at an exponential rate. You pick which skills to learn which, in turn, unlock what further skills you can learn, what items you can use, what places you can go, how your character can move, etc.
The game allows you to mine, farm, cook, race, meditate, own a home, become an expert in bureaucracy and nibble on adorable piggies (who are so happy from your attention that they give you some steak…that weirdly enough looks like it came from a cow). These are just a few of the things I’ve seen after playing for a couple of weeks, and I know there’s a whole world I still haven’t seen.
Cheap as free!
“So how much will this gem of a game cost me?” you might ask. “Nothing!” would be my answer. This game is your typical free-to-play style game with a twist. That twist is that it’s actually free-to-play unlike certain Facebook games *cough* Zynga’s Adventure World *cough*. The only premium content consists of clothing, teleportation tokens to make game travel faster, and votes in player referendums. (Yep, money buys power even in the game world, haha.) To progress through this game you actually have to be good at it. Imagine that, you PLAY the game instead of PAY the game! The upside of this is that you won’t want to quit after 30 minutes because you’re out of energy and don’t want to buy more to keep playing. In fact, I was talking with a friend yesterday and he stopped our conversation to say “So, I think I’m addicted to Glitch. I was only going to kill 5 or 10 minutes and I ended up playing for over an hour and a half!” This is about the best thing any game creator can hope for and I experienced it too. My coworkers love the game, my wife loves the game, my friends love the game, and it’s only been out for a few weeks.
Garlic breath leads to experience points
Now for the real kicker: this game has no real violence. You can’t attack players. You can’t destroy other people’s crops or the game-scape itself. What you CAN do is kiss people after eating garlic (which is a Class D felony if you ask my wife, damn my love of garlicy foods!) I actually find it a little difficult to explain what is so enticing about this game, but the thing that sticks out to me is the feeling you get of really exploring something without knowing what’s around the corner. At one point, I found a key laying in the grass. After a day or two of exploring I found a door in a cave underground that the key unlocked. I was then whisked away to a completely stylized world that looked like something out of a Beatle’s Yellow Submarine acid trip where I could just jump around collecting money and experience points. I’ve not elaborated very much on some of the physical play functionality but it’s because I want you to experience them for yourself. So many times in this game I’ve realized I could do something new and just grinned. This game is just fun, plain and simple. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with game in the future. 5 out of 5 horrible fists of fury!