Refueled: A familiar theme that does not skimp on chaos and fun. Preview

For a while, Overcooked and Overcooked clones were in vogue as players became infatuated with the couch co-op and frantic gameplay that this title style offered. But then a global pandemic broke out, and suddenly the games that stood out for the local nature of the cooperative became less of a commodity. Fortunately, it looks like the era of social distancing is over, at least in many places around the world, and if so, I keep an eye out for an interesting, chaotic cooperative game that will mark the return of the cooperative. Could herald the couch. This title is Fueled Up and I had the opportunity to review it before its premiere later this year.

To be clear, if you’ve played Overcooked or something similar before, you’ll already understand the general premise of this game, even if the mechanics themselves are different. The idea behind Fueled Up is to keep your spaceship running for a certain amount of time, earn stars, and make sure you don’t fall into the spongy hugs of an ominous space octopus chasing you. Yes, the concept is a bit weird, but it really comes down to this: an evil space octopus has come from another dimension and is destroying ships, and it’s your responsibility to rescue damaged ships and escape with them before the octopus catches them.

What the Fueled Up player requires is to take the crystals to the fuel refinery station in order to be able to craft fuel cells that keep the engines running, as well as repair hull damage, extinguish fires, making sure the airlocks are properly powered (otherwise opens and pulls into the cold void of space) And of course you do all of this while navigating through a door that only opens when another player stands on a pressure pad, for example, and so on. But if that seems too easy for you, there are a whole host of other hazards that can thwart the plan, including blasting meteor showers, broken wormholes, and space squid (essentially octopus minions) that cling to your ship and make your life harder. .

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While the finer details are unique to Fueled Up, you can see the similarities it shares with other co-op games with a familiar design. You have to work together to overcome the challenges of each level while defeating a level design that is usually full of dangers in itself, such as flowing rivers of dangerous purple mud that will engulf any player or an object that crashes into them.

Moreover, each level is not specifically about keeping the ship moving for a certain amount of time. Rather, there are optional goals, most of which require a bit more communication and teamwork to get the job done. This could mean keeping your ship’s hull at over 50% health, meaning you’ll have to patch holes every time they are crafted, or rather that you won’t be pulled out of the airlock, meaning you will have one cell, which requires constant rotation of power, placed in the sluices to prevent them from opening. From what I’ve seen, I will say that these extra challenges are more for teams that have a lot of consistency because trying to do it without that level of collaboration will be very difficult.

Speaking of teamwork and consistency, it should be noted that while Fueled Up is realistically designed to be played with other players, you can experience the game on your own as it instead takes you to a two-character level that can be accessed by pressing a single button. switch. This is an interesting feature, but it makes life difficult as it means one character is often stationary and unused while another is moving around, such as by standing on a pressure plate.

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But all in all, what I have seen in Fueled Up so far shows me that it is a very enjoyable game. Yes, it has quite a few familiar features, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be yelling at your friends in the blink of an eye while also stressing out managing the many systems crumbling on a modern spacecraft. If you’re looking for a couch co-op game to play for the evening out, Fueled Up is a great prospect.

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