ALTF4 is best described as, well a keyboard shortcut to close whatever window you are currently viewing (try it if you don’t believe me, but please come back to finish reading), but it also happens to be the title of this 3rd person platform/runner game.
The keyboard shortcut might be the better way to describe this game, because you are going to get frustrated. Lets talk about what to like about the game before we get into that though. First off, it’s beautiful. The amount of love that goes into some of these games that only cost $1.99 is seriously impressive. Especially compared to some games in the same price range, or even ones that cost more. That being said, this game is in early access, so that price could very well go up. The controls are also very smooth and responsive. The jumping can be a little difficult, but it wouldn’t be a very fun platformer if every jump was easy. There is also a way to go into first person mode, if you think that will help you plan out your jumps.
ALTF4 isn’t exactly a story driven game. There is a cute cutscene of the knight stealing a chicken egg from a dragon when you first start the game, but near as I can tell the dragon isn’t chasing you. The chicken then hatches in your backpack, and you can throw them to pop balloons that carry save points away if you aren’t quick enough. The cutscene may have been included to explain why you are carrying a backpack full of chickens.
The whole point of the game is to reach the end, and I can’t promise there is an end, because after a few hours of playing, I still haven’t reached it. The save points are few and far between, and if you aren’t quick, you’ll miss them entirely, forcing you to go all the way back to the beginning. There will be a video at the end of this post to show my best run so far. Please don’t laugh.
Another thing thats going to make you want to close the game window, is that once you do get to a save point, its a one time use. So you better be ready to start all the way over. Again and again and again. But at least it’s pretty? I don’t know, you have to take whatever small victories you can with this game. For me, its that it allowed me to use a controller, because I’m not so great with mouse and keyboard controlled games. That will become apparent as more gameplay is posted.
Let’s get back to the fun things about this game though, like the physics. You have the option of making your character rag doll, and though I haven’t found a use for that yet, it is fun to play around with. The obstacles themselves can also be used in unintended ways, such as popping your character up and sometimes over other obstacles. Just be careful how you land. It can go bad real quick. And if you feel so inclined, turn the volume up while watching the video at the end to get the Monty Python vibe that really brings the whole game together.
While the game itself is very challenging, that is what makes you want to come back for more. And you will want to come back for more. Especially if you watch the trailer on the Steam page. There are pigs! I don’t know why thats exciting, because the trailer shows you dying by their…snout? But it’s something to aim for. Somewhere down the line you eventually find your way to a castle, where things get more interesting with deadlier obstacles, and even cannon fire. Just like most things in life, the more you play, the better you get. That’s what I’m telling myself at least.
If you are looking for a game that you can hop right into and kill a few hours, this is the one. If you are looking for something to lower your blood pressure, this ain’t it. I’d love to give the developer more credit, but with a name like Autosavegame, it makes it slightly difficult to find any info. Unless you are having issues with saving your game, which is a bit too ironic for this game. 5/5