Vesta is new puzzle action game from Finalboss Games about a little girl called Vesta and her robot. Little Vesta wakes to find herself trapped in a world where she must escape with the help of her best buddy. Welcome to a new partnership that hopes to entice puzzle players into a new single player experience.
Vesta is set in a technological post-apocalyptic colourful and vibrant universe. The action takes place in an underground labyrinth of 36 levels. With the help of her trusty robot, Droid Unit Number 7, your job is to escape this world. As you would expect escape is not an easy task being a 6 year old girl, but because team work is used, getting out alive is not so daunting. A hit of a button lets you swop from controlling Droid or Vesta. Playing as Vesta gives you the opportunity of transporting Energy. These Energy units are picked up or drainded from enemies and help open up the way forward. These are used to power generators that in turn open doors, conveyor belts, moving platforms and hatches. While little Vesta has the gift of carrying such Energy units, Droid has other strengths. These are mainly in the firepower department and the jobs that require good old fashion muscle power. Shifting steel crates or hurlting little Vesta to areas she can’t reach is the perfect job for this Droid.
On route you’ll encounter enemies that you’ll need to despose of, so it’s not all puzzle, puzzle, puzzle. Getting Mr Robot to do the dirty work is the best plan, then it’s up to Vesta to nab the energy they hold and place it in nearby terminals.
The story is told with some excellent animation and cartoon comic book style art that pops out at you. There’s also a touch of humour that couples well with the endearing journey that the two protagonists find themselves in.
Vesta comes with its fair share of obstacles. Acid baths, lasers and bombs are just a hand full of things to keep an eye out for. With Vesta only having one life this does make your movements wary ones. Unfortunately saves in the game don’t help things. You need to complete a level for the save to kick in. A tad annoying, as half the fun is discovering how to crack a level and not re-doing one. But once you’ve fathomed out the correct path, playing it out again is a breeze.
There are collectables to bag which are an optionable quests. Mostly these are hidden in areas behind breakable walls or doors and are pretty hard to miss. While collecting such loot does not add anything extra, it does make you want to explore the world of Vesta that bit more.
A double act worth checking out, Vesta succeeds in deliveing a decent engrossing puzzler that keeps your attention. By using the strenghts of each character to overcome each dilmema, team work wins this puzzler. Clever stuff.
Lizard Rating 7/10
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