The game was actually created by Preloaded as part of Channel 4 Education’s SuperMe Games channel, which is designed to help people gain confidence and live a better life through gameplay. Surprising as it may seem, the games that are part of the program actually aren’t all in your face about being educational (sort of) or about their intention of making young people feel better about themselves. Instead, they’re just very proud of their glorious beards. Case in point:
“Guided by the Wise Guy, the aim is to learn how to ‘see clearly’ and achieve Supersight in order to overcome the creature-based challenges and complete their training.”
Wise Guy is now my adoptive father, and we’re going for drinks this weekend to celebrate – he’s the coolest fatherly figure you’ll never have. But also, why weren’t their games like this trying to help kids out when I was one? All of the games I remember were boring, trying too hard or just plain rubbish! With that out of the way, SuperSight is quite a fun little thing to play, and although I don’t think I am any better as a person than what I was before I played it, I do recommend that you give it a try in your browser, on your Android device or your iOS Thing for free.
I Know Click-Fu
So here’s the premise behind SuperSight – you’re the Apprentice and the Wise Guy is your master; he’ll teach you how to fight. The creatures you’ll be sent to battle against in dedicated arenas all represent things that we humans have to battle. You know the kind of thing: The Fearlines represent anxiety, the Stronghorns represent inflexibility, the Worriors represent worry, the Howlers represent isolation, and the Vermin represent feelings of hopelessness. Now realizing that these things still plaugue me, I’m wondering whether that really comes through in a game. Luckily, that doesn’t matter too much because the important thing is that SuperSight is decent clicking action.
With the left mouse button, you move the Apprentice around the arena, and by clicking, you don’t have to hold the button down as he’ll move to where ever you clicked. You also click on enemies to dash towards them and attack. Right-clicking causes the Apprentice to simply dash to where you clicked – this is used to dodge enemy attacks and to also take down the Vermin. It’s very simple, and the game isn’t much of a challenge, but Preloaded have done a good job with a number of different effects to make the combat at least feel satisfying. Big clouds of beautiful graphics erupt around your moves, timely slow-mo comes in to help you out at times and, most shockingly, the camera actually isn’t a complete arsehole.
As you progress through the five chapters in the game, you’ll collect blue coins dropped by your defeated foe, and this goes towards giving you Clear Sight. Which is their way of saying you’re now healed, human – go and play in the flowers. Or something. In each chapter, collecting enough of these coins unlocks another special move that you can use to more effectively take out your enemies. This might be a dash, or an all-around attack or tunneling underground to arise in a flurry of bullets. You just click on the icons at the bottom of the screen to activate these, and I only accidentally did this once, which is impressive for either the game’s user interface or my competence.
Once you have got through the Story mode, which you will because it’s not too hard and just requires a little bit of time, the Wise Guy will reward you with Survival mode. This is basically the exact same thing as before, except now you have the occasional banner drop down attempting to encourage you to be confident and ignore the fire that the government is starting at the bottom of your garden. So it’s that, basically.