I grew up in a strange time for video games. Publishers were always trying new things. For a while there were games that based their looks off of an old animation style, Claymation. The game studio Interplay Entertainment put out a few games in this style. The ClayFighter series got recognition for being a fighting game that parodied pop-culture as well as the fighting games at the time. It was so popular that it spawned sequels.
Claybook, out now in Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access, is a game set entirely in a world of clay. Shocking right? Players move, mold, and shape the clay in order to complete a puzzle or task within the world. As mentioned before the game is currently in Early Access but it already shows A LOT of promise. Controls are fluid and the animations look incredible. Players will jump, rewind, create duplicates and change shapes throughout the colored world of a If I have to point out anything negative it’s that I don’t feel there’s enough weight to the clay. The clay moves around relatively fast and feels incredibly light, even for clay.
One of the incredible little touches the team from Second Order put into the game is the coloring. When the clay moves or turns on one color of clay, you start to see that color appear on your clay shape. It’s a little touch, but it shows how much insight they put into how a material like clay would interact with itself.
Claybook is also bringing some interesting gameplay additions with it. Up to 4-Player Split Screen action, leaderboards, and an incredible toolbox to let players create and share their own worlds. With so much added gameplay the team at Second Order will have their hands full with the development of this title. With Claybook being in Game Preview/Early Access platform they will be able to see how the community reacts to the game. Since the game isn’t in full release yet they have plenty of time for feedback.
To me, there’s something almost relaxing and satisfying in Claybook. I ignored the pressure of the leaderboards and replayed the same levels over and over again trying to find different solutions. The soft soundtrack mixed with the imaginative gameplay create this sense of serenity in a video game world filled with assassins, soldiers, and street fighters. If you’re looking for a fun break with a hint of challenge, open up your Claybook and dive in.
The reviewer was compensated with a code for review purposes.