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19 Apr 2024

REVIEW: AVOPUG SHOW (2024 Video Game) - On PC (Steam)

By Jon Donnis
Avopug Show attempts to break free from the conventions of typical arcade racing games, offering a refreshing and innovative experience that challenges players in unexpected ways. Developed by solo indie game maker "Marakesch," this game is a testament to creativity and dedication.

The game introduces a novel concept where players navigate through tracks that constantly reveal themselves, adding an element of uncertainty and excitement to each race. With tracks spanning diverse environments, from the clouds to outer space and even vintage cartoons, Avopug Show keeps the experience fresh and engaging. You will collect a few different kinds of power ups, including a shield and speed ups. Watch out for obstacles as you do have a health limit you need to keep an eye on.

One of the highlights of Avopug Show is its striking graphics, which contribute to the immersive experience. The attention to detail in the environments and track designs is commendable, adding to the game's overall appeal. I also really enjoyed the soundtrack, which has  a good selection of different songs, all decent and enjoyable.

However, Avopug Show isn't without its flaws. Some players may find the initial vehicle controls challenging to master, although with perseverance, it becomes more manageable. Additionally, the field of view used in the game may trigger motion sickness in some players, limiting their playtime. I suffer with motion sickness with some games, going back to the days of Mario Kart on the SNES. I am not sure what it is exactly in some racing games that sets me off, but if you suffer with this too, then be aware you may only manage 20 minutes at most before you start to feel it.

In summary, Avopug Show is a commendable indie arcade racing game that dares to break away from the norm. While it may not be perfect, its ambition to offer something new and different in a crowded market deserves recognition. With its mix of innovation, challenge, and charm, Avopug Show earns a solid score of 7 out of 10.

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