Professor Pokrovsky, with the invaluable help of his lab assistant Bob and secretary Pinny, delights in breeding new species of worms, colourful little insects and disgusting, hungry little critters. Happily, you too can now play Insatia and get to experience a short and agonizing life as one of the good doctor’s test subjects.
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For, yes, Insatia is a carnivorous worm sim that’s properly action oriented and comes with an excellent, innovative control system and a dark atmosphere with little touches of silly humour.
You, in most cases, play as a nasty looking worm that can eat anything that will fit between its jaws and is cannibalistic enough for its diet to include other worms. The more you eat, the more you grow and the more you can eat, but also the less nimble you become. It’s a Darwinian nightmare filled with creepy violence and supported by cool visuals and sounds.
Appropriately Insatia comes with the most brutal tutorial (of sorts) stage ever conceived. It’s hopeless really and you won’t probably beat it until after you’ve played through the complete game, but, then again, everything is pretty intuitive. And, uhm, fluid is the word. Aye, fluid.
To move, simply wriggle your worm by pressing left and right, press and hold down to have wormy coil like a spring and jump, press up to turn sharply and press control to enter the adrenaline powered slow-mo mode. You can’t imagine just how satisfying lunging and killing another worm feels… In the game that is, in the game.
It’d look positively ridiculous in real life.
Let’s not go there though. Let me only tell you that despite Insatia being a short game of only eight levels, it’s impressively varied and filled with clever, novel ideas. It is an absolute joy to play through and I can’t wait for the devs to add multiplayer to it. Oh, and you do get to play as you, your grandchild and child in the span of a few minutes.