It is the future and having fun has been outlawed for some reason. What’s a prospective revolutionary to do but really enjoy themselves in Hover: Revolt of Gamers’ huge neon cityscapes? Fight against the new anti-leisure laws by sabotaging propaganda, helping citizens, and covering everything in graffiti. That sounds strangely familiar, doesn’t it?
With a playful scenario and style harkening back to Sega’s Jet Set Radio – and even featuring music by its composer! – the game’s nonviolent open world parkour shenanigans hit a sweet spot despite some rough edges.
Hover’s huge vertical levels let you climb, grind, and jump around to your heart’s content. The occasionally clunky controls and orientation issues can be confusing at times, but a lot of the joy here is derived from really getting to know the stage layout with all its shortcuts and secrets. These places are playgrounds for you to explore and to get familiar with, clunkiness be damned.
You can switch between singleplayer and multiplayer mode at all times, exploring the city on your own or sharing the stage with other players. How much you interact with them is entirely up to you; cooperation and even friendly rivalry is certainly possible and even subtly encouraged. Either way, having someone else play alongside you makes the game feel more alive.
While Hover: Revolt of Gamers’ overall story is rather forgettable, its colorful setting and the joy of exploring a huge city while pulling off all sorts of stunts make this a fascinating, stylish playground to spend some time in. This might not be the successor to Jet Set Radio that people have been waiting for; instead, it is very much its own intriguing little thing.
You can purchase Hover: Revolt of Gamers from Steam for $19.99. A console release is planned for Q4 2017. For more information, visit the game’s website or follow developers Fusty Game on Facebook or Twitter.