Video Game Review – AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome
Have you ever woken up and decided that you just want to jump off the top of a building? The only way to make that better is by flipping off your haters, being cheered for by your fans, slamming back espresso and spray painting the sides of buildings as you fall. Of course, you’re not intending to go splat on the ground below you, as at the right moment you’ll pull the cord and let your parachute take you safely to the ground. With such an exhilarating premise, can the most enthusiastic title in video games live up to its promise? Join Timlah as we look at the Dejobaan Games base jumping, point scoring title.
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome is a sequel (of sorts) to the award-winning 2009 indie title AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard For Gravity. With so much screaming in such a short paragraph, there’s no doubt the game has one of the most vocal titles in video games. Released for PC, Mac (OSX) and Linux (Ubuntu) and distributed via the Steam platform, can a game about base jumping really be any good?
The game is set in an alternate universe. In an alternate 2017, base jumping has been outlawed as a sport. With its fair share of critics (as well as the remaining fans of the sport), you are a base jumper who is jumping as a form of peaceful protest. All in the name of protest, you flip haters off, spray paint the sides of buildings and slam back coffee. You dive through wind turbines, offices and more just to protest the decision to outlaw base jumping.
This isn’t story of the year material and you really don’t get to sink your teeth much into it. There are some cubes in the games select screens which tell you a fun little tidbit about the world you’re in, but unsurprisingly it’s not much of a focus of the title. This is a game about gameplay: So how does the game play?
In AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! you control a nameless man who is peacefully protesting in the name of base jumping, by base jumping. With the WASD keys or the arrow keys, along with your mouse to look around, you must guide your character from the top of whatever building you’re on at the time, down to a landing pad. The pad generally has an orange and a red ring for you to land in. To land in the pad, you press the space bar to deploy your parachute fins before you go splat on the ground. It’s a game of timing, patience and in some cases, a little bit of faith/courage in your character.
Whilst this is all well and good, there are three notable power-ups which you unlock relatively early in the game. First of all is the glove, which allows you to either cheer for your fans, or flip off the angry haters. You do this with the mouse, by left clicking for your fans and right clicking for your haters. The fans are represented in game as blue people, whereas the haters are red people. Next up, we’ve got the spray can, which allows you to tag the side of municipal buildings. These are green/yellow in colour and have a spray can sign on the top of them which you can see as you’re falling. You can press the middle mouse button, or the ctrl button to do this. Finally we have coffee, which slows down time a little bit. To slam back your espresso, simply press the shift button.
There’s also an Occulus or VR enabled mode known as ‘Aaaaaculus!’ mode, which is exactly as the game is normally played, only using a VR headset instead. I’ve not tested this, so cannot comment, but I can imagine the experience of falling really fast to be quite an exciting experience. If you’ve got an Occulus Rift, why not consider getting this game just to experience the Aaaaaculus mode?
A game about base jumping would need a soundtrack that would get you pumped. Your adrenaline flows freely as you do a base jump, so naturally the game needed to provide some way to emulate this experience. As well as the aforementioned ‘Aaaaaculus!’ mode, there is a pretty intense and exciting soundtrack to listen to. It’s like a really toned down hard rock or metal soundtrack which matches the overall tone of the game.
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If you’re a fan of games that have story, then this isn’t a game for you as there’s nearly no story involved. Even if you read the random cubes that contain snippets of information, it’s still not enough to string together a coherent story. But then again, this game wasn’t created to be the next Final Fantasy. If anything, it was created to form its own legacy in the world of indie games. I’ve yet to play another game that so masterfully blends falling quickly and flipping people off as AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome does. As such, play this game for its merits, but don’t expect a masterpiece.
Have you played AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! or anything similar to it? Does the style of the game appeal to you? Let us know what you thought about the intriguing indie title in the comments below, or over on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please remember to like and comment the video and please subscribe to the GeekOut YouTube channel. Let me know if you want me to play more AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!, or this title should come to a grinding halt… When it goes splat against the floor? Oof, what a way to go!