Released at the end of 2017 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Defunct has now been ported across to Nintendo Switch. The question is did we need it? At a glance Defunct looks like a run of the mill runner style game, however, in essence, this game is closer to Sonic Adventure although don’t read too much into that. The point of the game is to make it from point A to point B by finding the path with the least form of resistance.
You control a knackered old robot, with a big wheel in place of legs. You have been inadvertently thrown down your spaceships garbage chute and you have to make it back to the mothership before it leaves the planet. Because your motor barely works, it’s up to you the player, to guide the robot across the level. Each level has a slight decline, however, there are hills, doors and chasms which will slow your progress preventing you from just rolling down to your goal. Using the A button you can engage your barely functioning motor to begin motion, once you build momentum you can hold down the ZR trigger to activate your gravitational motor, although if you continue to do this as you roll up a hill your little robot friend grinds to a halt. Pressing B allows you to perform a jump and once you have built up a good speed, you can get some serious air. Collecting keys to open doors and other very basic puzzle based switches along with a bit of grinding basically sums up the gameplay loop of Defunct offers.
Graphically it’s functional albeit a little drab, it is however very smooth. Sound and music are completely forgettable, to the point that I cannot recall any of the music.
So overall, it offers basic game mechanics, bland story, average graphics and forgettable sound. Yet having said this I really quite enjoyed playing Defunct, sure like Sonic Adventure you constantly get caught up in the scenery and there are some camera issues but when you get into your flow, nail a jump across a giant chasm, grind along a ridge and get to the goal, it feels good. And making you feel good is what games are all about.
Beard Score: 6/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Racing
Format: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch