Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Vaporum by Fatbot Games. I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Vaporum is a classic inspired grid-based RPG that takes place in a giant tower. The game is steampunk themed and you’ll be solving a lot of challenging puzzles while fighting robots and mutated creatures along the way.
Unlike most grid-based RPG’s you don’t control a party in Vaporum. Instead you control a single character who has no memory of the tower. You also don’t level up the character himself. Instead you level up an exosuit which makes the character stronger than he actually is. At the start of the game you have a choice between 3 different exosuits. One for tanking, one for damage and one for gadgets. The suit you choose will have it’s own unique abilities, both active and passive. I chose the tanking suit for my first playthrough.
The game also features multiple difficulty levels to choose from. Ranging from Casual to Brutal. I started on Casual so I could memorize the maps and puzzles. For future playthroughs I’ll play on harder difficulty levels.
As you progress through the game, the puzzles become more elaborate. They are a lot of fun to solve but you’ll need to be careful. Some puzzles will lead to a quick death if you aren’t. I also recommend saving often because there are a lot of traps spread throughout the game. There’s an autosave feature but it’s not wise to rely on it completely.
Gadgets play a huge role in Vaporum. They provide you with unique abilities to use on enemies. One allows you to utilize an area of effect lightning attack while others can be used to buff your character. You can hold up to 4 gadgets at once and it’s a good idea to keep them varied. That way you’ll be able to handle any situation with ease.
Instead of experience points, you collect Fumium to level up. Fumium is mentioned throughout the game as being a powerful source of energy. You gain Fumium as you defeat enemies. Once you’ve gained enough you’ll level up which increases stats and grants you a circuit point to add to your suit. You can add circuit points to various areas of your suit. These areas can improve weapon damage, increase armor, improve gadget abilities or increase your blocking ability. Once you have put 3 or 5 points into an area you’ll unlock passive abilities. On your 5th point you’ll be able to choose between 2 abilities.
The game also features notes and audio logs from the various characters in the game. These can often be found in lockers or in chests throughout the game. These also provide a lot of backstory as to what happened in the tower.
Overall, Vaporum is a great addition to the classic grid-based RPG genre and it’s one of the best steampunk games that I’ve played in a long time as well. It’s gorgeous to look at, it features some great voice acting and atmosphere and it’s a lot of fun to boot. If you’re a fan of the genre then Vaporum is definitely worth checking out.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review folks. I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!