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Oct 03, 2023

ABRISS – build to destroy Review

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4 Awesome
Retails for: $19.99
We Recommend: $15.99
  • Developer: Randwerk
  • Publisher: astragon Entertainment
  • Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
  • Released: Sep 05, 2023
  • Platform: Windows
  • Reviewed: Windows

ABRISS – build to destroy is a towering creation from three college students known as Randwerk. In just over a year, it has gone through Early Access to 1.0, and this is an example of Early Access done right. This is one visually stunning, unique tower-building simulation and destruction game. Playing it feels like all the times you’d build something with LEGO, K’Nex, or even Jenga blocks, and then bring over one of your favorite villain figure to knock it all down and watch it crumble – only for you to rebuild it and do it all again. A few minor issues hold it back from achieving the heights it should, but it’s clear that ABRISS delivers on many fronts, offering an experience that’s both engrossing and visually captivating.

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ABRISS ‘ primary premise revolves around constructing a towering skyscraper, piece by piece, using various materials and designs. The game starts off with a straightforward tutorial that eases you into the mechanics, allowing everyone to get up-to-speed. The construction process is incredibly satisfying, and there was a lot of thought into the physics and mechanics behind it. Because once you’re done building and you go to start the destruction process, anything poorly constructed will topple over, destroying any plans you may have had. it’s the ability

There are three modes to the game, the most structured and satisfying of which is the campaign. Across seven stages and about seven levels each, you’ll be taken through different sectors of brutalist design that’s isolating, cold, and unwelcoming. You’ll be presented with new challenges to overcome, and need to think smartly to overcome them. You’ll fling, swing, or shoot objects to trigger explosions, and receive a rating on how much you destroyed before continuing to the next. Having the freedom to be unrestricted is design can only be experienced in the sandbox mode. This is where creativity can reign supreme on your quest to build to destroy. Endless mode keeps the challenge going from the campaign, and extends it for as far as you can take it.

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ABRISS ‘ core gameplay loop is undeniably addictive. As you ascend the tower, you face a variety of challenges, from balancing structural integrity to managing resources efficiently. The sense of achievement when you conquer one level to the next is satisfying. The game’s difficulty curve is well-calibrated, making it accessible to newcomers while offering a substantial challenge to those seeking it. You’ll utilize rockets, bombs, and lasers to help blow-up and carve paths of ultimate destruction. Levels are meant to be replayed, as you attempt to destroy everything in a single move. Progression feels pretty good, where only a few times I felt gated from moving on. Thankfully, you earn points as you beat levels, and these tokens can be used to unlock new areas, which is especially helpful if you get stuck.

One of ABRISS ‘ standout features is its innovative use of real-world physics in a gaming context. Building a skyscraper is not just about stacking blocks; it’s about understanding the principles of engineering and architecture. The need to balance weight, distribute loads, and account for structural integrity adds a layer of realism rarely seen in simulation games. It never spells too much out for you, but it’s something you pick up intuitively just from playing it.

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While ABRISS is undoubtedly a gem, it’s not without its imperfections. One notable issue is the limited variety of building materials and designs. As you progress, you’ll encounter situations where having more options would have been beneficial. Expanding the available building elements could enhance creativity and replayability. It always feels like I’m fighting the camera in the game, as it’s too stiff. There is a free camera for this, but it never feels good to use, and is unusually sluggish. It’s something you can get used to, but could be improved upon.

The audio design in ABRISS is another highlight. The soundtrack perfectly complements the game’s atmosphere, with soothing melodies during construction and tense, pulse-pounding beats when things get challenging. Sound effects, such as the clang of metal or the buzz of construction, are realistic and immersive. The synergy between its aural range and graphic fidelity in ABRISS creates an engaging and memorable experience.

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One of ABRISS’ most striking features is its brutalist art design and crisp visuals. The attention to detail in the skyscraper designs, the dynamic lighting, and the overall aesthetic make this game a treat for the eyes. The skyscrapers you build are not just static structures; they come alive with neon lights, moving parts, and break into tiny pieces thanks to the particle effects on display. The overall design leads a lot to wonder about this world and how it all works as things happen in the background. It’s a gorgeous game to watch things fall apart, but better because you’re always in control of how that happens.

My PC Specs:

– Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
– Intel Core i9 13900K @ 5.8GHz
– ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GDDR6X
– WD_BLACK SN850X M.2 (4 TB)
– LG UltraGear 34GP950B-G (21:9 Ultrawide @ 3440×1440)

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ABRISS is just a towering achievement of a building and destruction simulation game, offering a unique and visually stunning experience. It successfully blends innovative mechanics with addictive gameplay, making it a can’t miss. While there are a few minor areas where it could improve, the overall package is highly enjoyable for all. ABRISS – build to destroy encourages you to smash it up, and stands tall among the crowd.

A Steam code was provided by the publisher for review purposes