Sometimes, you play a game, and everything just clicks. Other times, it’s hard to determine exactly what you feel. For me, Post Void somehow manages to be both of these things and even now, I struggle to decide exactly how I feel about it.
Post Void, I would argue, is the perfect game for a very specific type of gamer. Not just because it’s a mighty fine showcase for the genres it inhabits, but because everything about the game coalesces to make it this way. Be it the gameplay, the visuals, or the price, Post Void is an all-in-one offer that’s hard to beat. As an action roguelike shooter, Post Void stands among the best of each of those genres. It’s a frenetic, exhilarating thrill ride that absolutely scratches that “one more go” itch and its design philosophy ensures that rings true to the end.
One of the most refreshing things about Post Void is that it’s a very simple game. No fluff, no filler, just run and shoot. You cling to an idol that contains your life juice (not quite as disturbing as it sounds) but that juice is quickly draining away. The only way to replenish said juice (I regret my word choice) is to kill every enemy that stands in your way whilst dashing to the end of each level. As I said, simple. None of this is without its caveats, however. This game values speed above all else, and there are times when you’ll have to weigh the consequences of pausing to kill more enemies or simply pressing on.
Due to the incredibly stressful time limit enforced upon you, every move counts. Headshots are the way to go, but lining up such a precise shot feels near impossible when you’ve nary a second to breathe. There’s no memorising your way through this one either. Post Void is a relatively short game in theory, with just eleven levels to power through, however, it’s also procedurally generated, meaning each run is just as frantic as the last, adding another layer of chaos to an already maddening experience.
All of this is to say, Post Void is great… if you’re into this kind of game. If not, then it’s something I’d struggle to recommend. I’ve never been a particular fan of Roguelikes, and while I appreciate what Post Void does with respect to the genre, it’s not a game that pushes me to enjoy it. It’s punishingly difficult and lacks the substance of something such as Vampire Survivors to make the grind enjoyable. There’s no real progress to be made in Post Void. No collectibles to unlock nor achievements to work toward, it’s simply a game about getting to the end. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this, however, Post Void feels like a one-and-done experience that I won’t feel any need to ever return to.
Post Void is old school in every sense of the word, and I can’t help but think there’s a reason we moved on from some of those design philosophies. Even the visuals harken back to days of old, however, they feel like more of a headache-inducing acid trip than a loving homage. Post Void is memorable, and most certainly unique, ultimately though, only the most hardcore of roguelike fans are likely to glean any enjoyment from it.
Post Void £4.99
Post Void lovingly pays homage to the chaotic first-person shooters of yesteryear, whilst still managing to carve out its own unique identity. Though its affinity for the past holds it back in some regards, any fan of the genre would be a fool to miss out on the adrenaline-fuelled action on offer.