Blackhole, the critically acclaimed puzzle platformer by FiolaSoft, has made it to a console release with the help of publisher 1C. This is great news for PS4 and Xbox One owners, as Blackhole is a true indie gem waiting to be played. Here are our thoughts on the Xbox One version.
It’s been almost two years since we reviewed the original PC version of Blackhole, but our review is still available and talks about the game and its dynamics in some detail. We’ll refrain from repeating all that this time around, focusing instead on what makes this release different. Since the base game itself is identical, the biggest difference is in the content available to you when playing Blackhole on consoles.
Instead of starting with the base game, console owners immediately get the “Complete Edition” of Blackhole, which includes all the DLC that became available post-launch on Steam. This includes 10 additional levels which are extremely challenging for when you’ve completed the original 120 (!) levels in the game, but also a lot of other stuff that’s well worth checking out.
If it’s gameplay you’re after, then an early playable prototype for the game has been included, which is a fun look at how the game came to be. In line with that, you can also follow developer diaries that talk more about the game and its development process. On top of that, a wide range of artwork is available and you can also listen to the game’s soundtrack whenever you want.
Playing Blackhole on Xbox One is, not surprisingly, very similar to the experience on PC. I’m fairly certain I played the PC version with an Xbox 360 controller, so controls were immediately intuitive as they hadn’t been changed in the conversion. Performance is also identical to the PC version – crisp high definition 2D visuals that run as smoothly on the Xbox One as they do on PC. Perhaps no surprise considering the lack of next-gen 3D graphics, but it’s always nice when a console conversion doesn’t suffer in the process.
If you’re interested in (indie) puzzle platformers, then definitely check out Blackhole. It was a great game on PC, and comes with extra value for money on Xbox and PS4 as a complete edition. The two year wait was well worth it.