Defunct is an indie adventure game that in a single word can be described as “awe-inspiring”. In Defunct, you control a broken robot that has fallen from the safety of your giant cargo ship. Your one goal is to get back to the ship before it’s too late.
You can utilize the multiple abilities given to you such as flipping yourself upside down to connect to otherwise unreachable areas and the power to collect energy and use a super boost to traverse your way through eleven different levels with fluctuating climates and biomes. The open-world aspect of the game allows you to explore areas while looking off into the distance at beautiful landscapes. All of this while you roll around, trying to solve puzzles needed to get home. There are also a number of collectables on each of the levels which unlock new skins and special tricks. Utilize them to customize your next playthrough or while testing your skills in the time-trial mode.
The game requires you to navigate between narrow alleys and duck to evade low hanging rocks, all while being pressured by the timer looming over you. There are also multiple puzzles that, when done correctly, will allow you to continue on into farther areas, as well as unlock hidden zones where collectables can be found.
Although the game has no narration or description of what is happening, the cutscenes scattered throughout the game display everything you need to know to understand the turmoil your robot is going through. Piece together these clips and help your robot on his journey home.
After finishing the game, each individual level will be unlocked, allowing you to take part in time trials. Time trials slightly differ from the normal game by a handful of key components. The first being the on-screen timer, displaying how long it has taken to beat the level. The second being small green items that will freeze the timer for one second. Upon completion of a time trial, a small window displaying your time and global rank pops up. Depending on what your time is. it will also give you a medal in the ranking of bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Finally, for all the speedrunning enthusiasts out there, there is an in-game skin that is instantly unlocked. The skin allows you to sport the AGDQ logo, like a true speedrunner.
All in all, this is a must buy-game masterfully created by Freshly Squeezed. For the captivating experience helping your robot home, it’s definitely worth the price. The Gameplay was entertaining and the puzzles were at times pretty challenging, but not so challenging that I was frustrated with it.
Although the controls can be a little difficult to get used to at first, it slowly becomes more natural and free-flowing. The story could have gone more in-depth, but I feel like the mystery of the land adds to the perspective of how the robot you control feels about being stranded on this strange planet.