Reviewed on Nintendo SwitchAlso available on Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii-U
Developed by Carlsen Games, 140 has been described by the developer as:
... a challenging minimalistic platformer with abstract colorful graphics. Rhythmic awareness is required to overcome obstacles controlled by an energetic, yet melancholic electronic soundtrack.https://www.carlsengames.com/games/140/
But 140 is not exactly a new game. In fact, by gaming industry standards, it being released in 2013 makes it an old game. So does a Switch release in 2020 indicate that 140 still deserves relevance on the gaming scene?
Carlsen Games' description of 140 is pretty spot on. The game starts simply enough with the player controlling a small morphing shape. When sitting still you are controlling, or not controlling I suppose, a square, a triangle when jumping, and a circle when moving otherwise. That is about it control wise as well. Once you master moving and jumping, the only thing standing between you and victory is the beat.
While there are plenty of music-based and rhythm-based games out on the market these days, the rhythmic nature of 140 truly was what kept me playing. The puzzles, initially at least, were mostly simplistic in nature, consisting of navigating around a platforming level in order to find a ball that would unlock further areas for you. However, this simplicity was certainly assuaged by the life that the music gave the levels. Some other rhythm games, such as Geometry Dash for example, have had similar effects, but adding in the addition of puzzle solving, counting the beat, and just general musical cues greatly increased my engagement when playing 140.
Of note is the fact that the Switch release of 140 does not add anything to the previous releases. However, I did not find this to detract from my experience. While it is a rather short game, I still found myself wanting to replay multiple times just to continue the experience. Given that the price point for the Switch release is so approachable, 140 is wholeheartedly worth taking up residence on anyone's Switch.