Power Hover Review
Tony Hawk’s Pro Journey
Having a memorable and colorful art style is typically a good choice, as games that do stand the test of time. So many games try to go for gritty realism,and end up looking like hot garbage just a few years down the road.
Thankfully Power Hover has one of those memorable art styles. It is so bright and easy on the eyes its hard to forget and not to be drawn to, which is why I’d already played through the game on mobile before this just release PC port. I didn’t mind replaying it one bit.
Release: January 10, 2017
Intel i7-3930K @ 3.20GHz
32GB DDR3 RAM
EVGA GTX 980
As this is a port of what was originally a mobile game, Power Hover is rather simple, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time or money. You play as a guy on a board that slides across various things –including sand, water, and rails — automatically. Your goal is to not run into anything while collecting batteries scattered throughout each level, thus allowing you to restore power to your home.
Controls translate surprisingly well from the mobile version, as you simply use your control stick to move left or right, and that is it. No other buttons required. Sometimes keeping things simple is for the best. While simple, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some difficulty to be found, especially in lengthy boss levels and optional challenge levels.
While the graphics are simple, the art style ensures they continue to look just as great as they did on my phone, which is especially impressive when you consider I’m running the game at 1440p. Colors pop in the environments and characters, much like an indie version of the PlayStation exclusive Journey.
Also like that game is the sense of calm and relaxation felt throughout most of the easier levels. This is one of those games I can easily see myself coming back to time and time again just to chill and relax. I’ve certainly played it on my phone to keep calm while flying (a mode of travel I don’t particularly enjoy).
While this version of Power Hover costs double the asking price of the mobile version, I feel like playing it on a bigger and higher resolution is worth it. Plus there are no microtransactions in this version, though the mobile version only offered a few paid cheats for those that got stuck.
If you’re looking for a laid back, colorful, memorable little game that won’t frustrate you, then I can easily recommend Power Hover. Those looking for a bit more depth and challenge may want to look elsewhere.
“one of those games I can easily see myself coming back to time and time again just to chill and relax”