I paraglide around the city, tag some buildings, uncover some secrets in a rich CEO’s office, and stumble upon some cats very intent on showing me their rear ends? All these wild conquests and more awaited me in SLUDGE LIFE, the latest Devolver Digital published game.
Of all the games I’ve got the privilege of previewing for Checkpoint, SLUDGE LIFE was definitely the most bizarre and interesting. The game thrusts you into another bleak, “corporations rule everything,” capitalist world. You play as GHOST, an up-and-comer graffiti tagger that’s set on rebelling. A corporation by the name of GLUG has been dispensing large amounts of black sludge onto the city. Understandably, it’s left the city in shambles. Some locals are protestors, some have given into the fight and are miserable, others are the very guilty perpetrators themselves. Which of these will I wind up being at the end?
SLUDGE LIFE and its world essentially purposes a concrete jungle to wander around and meet odd individuals in. The game has setting absolutely nailed. This is thanks to its grunge, VHS-like setting. As I’m climbing buildings, interacting with the locals and tagging some walls, I can’t help like feel like I’m in an old, 90’s music video. It’s not an easy art style idea to explain let alone pull off, and I don’t know how the team managed to do it. Though man am I here for it.