UNTIL I HAVE YOU
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 7, 2016
How would you feel if the person you love was taken from you? (For those of you that are not familiar with this kind of human relationship, just imagine someone coming over to your house and stealing your PC or favorite game console...) Exactly, you would do everything within your power to find and bring back the love of your life. You would move heaven and earth, run like you've never run before and annihilate everyone who dares to get in your way. And exactly that is what you're going to be doing in the new game by developer Wormwood Studios and publisher Digital Tribe Games: Until I have You!
Until I have You is a platform run-and-gun game in which you'll have to complete levels by running, jumping, defeating enemies and above all, staying alive! And that's where the big challenge lies in this game. While running and jumping may sound relatively easy, it becomes increasingly more difficult when it needs to be done at a much higher speed than what we're used to.
You start with the tutorial which, of course, explains the basics of the game. You learn how to run, jump and sprint and you'll get to know your weapons. Everything about this game works like a charm; I'm especially happy with the fact that it supports the use of a controller, because I'm somewhat lacking in the playing-games-with-keyboard-and-mouse area.
This kind of game is new to me. Sure, I've seen speed runs before on the internet, where craz... eeehm... I mean VERY TALENTED Japanese people complete Super Mario Bros in under 3 minutes. I tried that once, but let's just say it didn't go quite as planned. The trouble is that you have to time your jumps and attacks perfectly and I couldn't accomplish that. But in contrast to Super Mario Bros, Until I have You is built to move through the levels at a very high speed. Not that this means the game is simple in any way; it is still very much a challenge.
The levels are relatively short, which I think is a very smart decision on part of the developers. Because whenever I would fall down a hole or get shot in the face, I often thought: "Well, I'm going to try this one more time.” That thought crossed my mind a lot, while playing this game. You're failing is just like an invitation to give it another go, especially if you've already caught a glimpse of the door the end of the level. At this point, it's almost impossible to stop playing, just because of that "Damn, I was so close!” feeling. Yes, so close, yet so far away is more like it! Nevertheless, I really like the fact that the entire game's setup seems to be urging you to try again and maybe even succeed this time.
So yes, while run-and-gunning isn't something I'm very experienced in, I managed to complete the first couple of levels within a fairly short amount of time. But, as we've come to expect from most videogames, it becomes more and more challenging as you make your way through level after level. Timing your actions just right becomes more critical every subsequent level.
If you like a quick-paced game, set in an 8 bit environment, complete with a soundtrack that sounds like it has been written in the Eighties (which is AWESOME!), you definitely don't want to miss Until I have You. I really had a great time playing this game, so I think I'll be off now, grab my gun and start shooting some more of these f**ksticks and get my sweetheart back. Don't get in my way, because I'm a woman on the edge!