GORSD is an odd little game that’s a bit difficult to describe and understand unless you see it in action. GORSD is an arena battle game where the objective is to completely control the map. Coupled with an odd storyline and unique gameplay, GORSD is a labor of love for indie development studio Springloaded that takes inspiration from South East Asian culture.
Born from within a Womb-Eye and with no idea where you are or why you exist, you play as a human encased in an octopus bio-mech-costume. With an ability to run unbelievably fast, and an ability to fire and control a singular projectile – it is up to you to try and discover the secrets of this world, and fight your way to freedom.
What are the GORSD? The GORSD is a collective of beings, revered as Gods, but their intentions are not always clear. Some have coined the term “Grid Of Ridiculous Sudden Death” as a reaction to the horrific death-battles that take place inside their realm.
The first thing you’ll notice about GORSD is its pixel art. The developers say they pride themselves on it and it shows. GORSD features some amazing looking art and you can definitely see the Asian influence in it. The style might not be for everyone, but it certainly does add to the feel of the game and the overall weirdness of the entire concept.
In terms of gameplay, GORSD has both a single-player adventure mode and a multiplayer couch co-op mode for 1-4 players. I love couch co-op games so this is a welcome addition.
In single-player adventure mode, you’re tasked with exploring a strange land and must complete a series of challenges as your progress. Starting off, there are several tutorial-based maps that help you get situated with GORSD’s unique gameplay. Basically, the objective of each map is to control the map by “painting” it with your colors. You do so by just walking over the area or shooting your one bullet in certain areas. Sounds simple, but it isn’t as your opponents too will be doing the same. It’s interesting, to say the least, and while death might seem like a bad thing, it can actually be quite beneficial to you due to a rather interesting gameplay element.
What I’m referring to is that if you die, you gain a slight advantage in which upon your resurrection, any enemies you kill will paint the map for you with their explosion radius. The more you die, the larger the radius. However, your respawn timer also gets increased so there’s a downside to dying as well. It’s a very interesting element that can turn the tide of matches.
If you grow tired of adventure mode and want to set up some matches with friends, there are several multiplayer modes you can play. There are standard modes like “Death Match” & “Domination” to unique modes like “Hunter” & “Bullet Paint”.
- You have just one bullet, fire it, control it, and collect it.
- 1-4 player couch battles.
- 8 multiplayer game modes with modifiable rules, set over 70 unique maps.
- 7-hour single-player game, set in a large overworld containing more than 60 battle stages.
- Strategize by not only thinking about where you need to go but also where your projectile needs to go.
GORSD is a very strange, and wonderful game. It’s unique in that it is very weird and most people people might not understand it. However if you can get past some of that, it truely is a great game. The art style is really good with some of the best pixel art I’ve seen and the gameplay is solid and very fun once you figure it out. Not only that, the Nintendo Switch was made for couch co-op so it’s always welcome when developers include this feature in their games. With that said, GORSD isn’t going to for everyone, but if you aren’t afraid to try something weird here, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find with GORSD.
GORSD is available now on the Nintendo eShop here.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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