Honestly, Wave Break is not my normal kind of game. I got pulled in when my friend noticed the vaporwave aesthetic and wanted to give it ago and… holy heck was it worthwhile.
While California-based Funktronic labs mostly works in VR, Wave Break’s super-active boating parkour action didn’t quite work for the VR platform. Fortunately instead of giving up, they adjusted to a non-VR version that’s still a ton of fun.
I’ll be honest and admit I’m still not 100% sure what was going on in the game – I’m fairly certain there was no story involved, though I could have missed it. But honestly… I’m not even sure I care. Wave Break is pure chaotic joy with a side of adorable. Imagine a Tony Hawk game – you can free skate and grind your way across the arena freely, right? Now imagine you’re doing it in a boat. And you’re a bear.
Yes, you heard me right.
Heavily inspired by Tony Hawk, Wave Break throws you into a gorgeous beach area where you can grind, flip, and spin your way to the high score. It’s pretty much a free-play sandbox. Just watch out – you and your competitors can shoot each other to help guarantee victory.
Honestly, the shooting aspect feels a little tacked on at times, but overall the game is so fun and manages to be competitive without being too stressful. Unfortunately for me I’m really bad at it, but my friend who’s a bit better with this style of game loved the controls and thought they felt really smooth.
Aesthetically, the game is ridiculously lovely. It’s got bright pastel colours and art that I would honestly throw on a wall with no issue. The characters are quirky and adorable, and I’m really excited for the customization options – you’ll be able to get new clothes and change your appearance.
Thankfully, Funktronic Labs was kind enough to provide me some alpha access keys, so I’m hoping to check out some more, and I’ll plan to keep you updated as things progress. Sure, Wave Break isn’t my normal style of game, but it’s so stupidly fun and pretty that it’s impossible to not want to go back and play again.
Wave Break has an unspecified 2020 release, but you can add it to your steam wishlist if you wanna keep an eye out!