Plain Sight

Posted by David Hollingsworth On April - 14 - 2010

These days £8 doesn’t get you very far, a ticket to the latest blockbuster or, if you’re lucky, a cheap meal. This is just as apparent when it comes to video games, £8 wont even get you five maps for your favourite fps, and with downloadable content for games only going up in price, your money seems to be getting you less bang for your buck by the year. However worried gamers, have no fear, because the world of “smaller” downloadable games has you covered. Say hello to Plain Sight, a game developed and published by Beatnik Games and available on the Steam platform for the small sum of £7.99.

Trying to sum up Plain Sight is hard, you could put it in a few categories. Indie, Action, Online. But these seem more like features of this game rather than what its all about. To give it a full explanation, Plain Sight is an Online Action game where you play as a small suicidal katana wielding ninja robot (honestly). Your main objective is to kill your fellow robots and steal their juicy energy to make yourself the most awesome ninja robot in all of the ninja robot world.


Plain Sight is like Marmite, some people will love it, others will hate it, and I think this is a fair way to sum the game up with out insulting it. Now you might be wondering ,what makes it as good as the best thing to put on my toast! Well it all boils down to the gameplay. Plain Sight is fast. What I mean by that is, if you stand still for a couple of seconds, you’re dead, don’t react to your huds warnings and you’re dead, and that is never a good thing.

The game itself is played from a third person perspective. You and your ninja robot must navigate the environment using your jump and attack moves to chase down opponents and to avoid those who seek to steal your energy. You do this by the games targeting system and, once in range, you unleash your charge and destroy your opponent. Simple right? In theory it’s a very simple concept and the practice arena the game provides will certainly give you that impression. Once you get online and into the fight however, the game takes on a whole new and faster form. Once you jump into a game, you will be greeted with lots of coloured lines all over the place. These are the trails left by other players so you can follow them and steal their energy. The auto targeting system is good, once you get used to it, and it will stay locked onto the target unless cancelled or they get destroyed. Once you get within range of the target, simply hold down the attack button let go when the icon turns red, then boom! (providing you hit) you will steal all of their unused energy. That brings me onto my next point, unused energy is energy stolen from other players, which is yet to be “saved”. To save energy, you hold down the explosion key blowing up your robot, and, for every other robot killed in the blast, the game will multiply your score.


Combat is the basis of Plain Sights gameplay, but one very interesting feature are the maps and game-play modes. On the modes front, you have the standards, Deathmatch, TeamDeathmatch and Capture the Flag. The two remaining game modes are the more unique of the five. First up we have “Lighten Up” where you “Detonate on a target area with as much energy as possible, the best detonation wins the points for that round”. So kill enemy robots and blow up on the right spot once you feel you have a winning amount of energy. The last game mode is my personal favourite. Ninja! Ninja! Ninja! Robozilla! I know, awesome right? In this mode, all of the  ninjas must unite to defeat the mighty Robozilla! and bring him down to size. As the Robozilla, you must kill as many other robots as possible and, once you feel big enough, blow up. The player who attained the highest score as the Robozilla combined with the energy they stole from another Robozilla, wins. With a game such as this, you need some odd maps. The game features 13 Multiplayer maps with up to 20 robots on each map. An honourable mention has to go to the map “unreeel tournament” which sees you fighting on two unwound cassette reels.


Graphically, the game has a very unique style. It uses very simple colours on a backdrop of grey. This is a great idea, as it means the robots and other important events going on around you, such as explosions and take downs, are highlighted and you can get into the fight. Like most games with a style like this, it often means that they are not too hungry on hardware. This game is going to run on almost all new PCs, but be sure to check before hand. There really is not much to say in this area, the game looks nice and wont require a high-end Pc, the colour contrast is great, and major events really stand out against the static back drops.


At the end of the day, Plain Sight is one of those games that will come out and most people wont even know it exists. But as a great lover of indie titles, I would urge people to give it a go. If you like action games, or you’re a big fan of online games, I think this could be a great game for you. Plain Sight is not perfect, when you first start you can feel like you’re out of your depth. But once you pick a style, and work to your strengths using the unlock system, you will find a great little game at a very reasonable price .



This review was written by David Hollingsworth, editor of GeekMandem

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