Review – Get Over Here
Get Over Here is a small, fast-paced battle arena game where you play as one of twelve different characters in an attempt to, well, win. With traps, items, and a grapple gun, you need to dash around to come out on top. It’s a mildly endearing game with some interesting characters, but the novelty wears off quickly and everything becomes repetitive after a while. Everything.
There are two modes: tournament (where you compete in four matches where the rules are randomized and the person with the most wins, or points, wins the whole tournament) and solo (where you play one match and get to set the rules yourself).
The gameplay is simple and straightforward. You have a grapple gun that you can use to either pull people to you or make you travel over to them, stunning them in the process. You have an attack move that kills your opponent if you’re close enough. And you have a dash move that you can use to get over gaps or dodge out of the way of other people’s grapple guns. It’s easy enough to learn and works for what the game is. But it’s very bare boned and there’s only so much strategy and tactics that can be employed before you realize that there isn’t a ton of variety.
The tutorial is essentially a single screen before the start of each game showing you what each button does before letting you jump in head first. That’s it. And the items in the game aren’t explained at all, so repetitive use is your only way of figuring it all out. This isn’t an RPG, so it’s not complicated, but a slightly more in depth tutorial would be nice for all of us.
I said early on that the game is repetitive. Well, nowhere is this more apparent than in the sound design. Each level has its own music and that track is on repeat the entire time. Some soundtracks are better than others (the pirate ship arena’s is actually okay) but overall they’re not impressive at all. And each character has their own catchphrase and that is ALL they say. Repeatedly. Like every time you attack. It gets annoying fast and eventually your best option is just to mute the TV.
The artistic design is actually where this game isn’t terrible. The characters are all colorful and pretty interesting, with no rhyme or reason as to how they all fit into the narrative. But it works for the game. Seeing a more badass version of Baymax fight against a Merlin-esque wizard while a Native American with spirit animals is running around is pretty cool. And they all look decent. The cell shaded design gives it a Saturday morning cartoon feel and that’s something that works for the game. The stages aren’t particularly stunning, but they also serve their purpose as battle arenas with different traps. My biggest gripe visually is sometimes it’s easy to lose track of where your character is, especially when you respawn after dying (which happens a lot).
Luckily, Get Over Here allows you to play with up to three friends, bringing back the old times where you could sit on your couch with your friends and just duke it out while screaming at each other. So if you’re desperately in need of a game to play with friends (and you don’t have a Smash Bros or Mario Kart game on hand), then Get Over Here will suffice. At least for a little while.
Overall, Get Over Here is just another simple battle arena game that doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. An admirable endeavor from a small developer, but not a game that will make you drop everything you’re doing to play late into the night.
Reviewed on PS4.
Also available on: PC