Urbanix Review – Paving Its Way to Success
At first glance, Nordcurrent’s game Urbanix may look like a game for kids, with its cute, kiddie-styled graphics, but once you start playing, you soon realise Urbanix can be a challenge for anyone of any age.
In Urbanix, you play as a tiny little tractor named “Urbanix” who has to build towns on empty playing surfaces, all the while avoiding Landrunners and Helisharks, who will try to destroy Urbanix. If that’s not enough, you also have to chase away Housecrashers, who try to destroy the homes you have built. In order to pass each level, you need to guide Urbanix around the level and conquer small chunks (or large, if possible) of land at a time, by enclosing them within Urbanix’s traveled paths, to reach your required amount for the stage. To help you, there are a few power-ups for you to collect in each level, some of which make Urbanix go faster or give you extra time. Others will hinder you; for instance, one will give you less time, and another will slow you down.
There are 150 levels set out across three different worlds (Earth, the North Pole and the Moon). Each world has to be played a little differently. For instance, when playing the levels on Earth, you can build a section at a time in one go. If you play one of the North Pole levels, though, you will need to enclose the same section twice before you can build any houses on that plot of land. Each level has a time limit in which to be finished, which adds to the sense of urgency to complete each stage. As you progress through each stage, the time you are given to complete each level will become shorter, making it a little more challenging.
The graphics of the game are beautifully rendered, and although they look like they are aimed more towards a younger audience, they seem to fit the game perfectly. At times, some of the later levels may feel a little cluttered, especially when you start building a large number of buildings in each section, but, fortunately, it is still easy enough to see your character.
The controls of Urbanix are fairly straightforward, using the D-pad to control Urbanix, the X button as nitro, if you have any, and the shoulder buttons to escape from the Helishark’s jaws. Occasionally, you may find Urbanix not going in the direction you are commanding him to, but this happens very rarely; however, when it does, it can make the difference between completing a section and losing a life, which can be a little frustrating. Also, if you are unfortunate enough to lose all of your lives, you are given the option to continue at the cost of 5000 points; even if you do not have enough points, though, you are still able to continue. This comes in handy especially in the later levels, as you may need to continue several times.
Urbanix is a good game, but after a while it can get a little repetitive. But, if you have half an hour to kill, it is definitely a great pick-up-and-play game to fill the time. Although it can be challenging at times, it is a fun game for all ages.