Wap is a top-down puzzle platformer with an interesting mix of stealth, humor and puzzles.
Warp has you taking control of a small yellow alien called Zero. At a glance he seems harmless, but don't let his cuteness fool you. Zero can warp into just about any object, from explosive canisters, turrets and even human beings. It's when you warp into a human you realise why Warp is rated 18. Simply warping into a human and then shaking the analog stick will send them exploding into bloody pieces. It's quite a shock at first, due to the simple game mechanics and visual style.
Set in a underwater research facility, Zero is first shown after an earlier experiment. As soon as you take control of Zero, the warp ability is given to you straight away. But later on Zero has other abilities. For example, Zero can eventually use a decoy, allowing him to distract guards. Whilst it's a very simple set up, Warp never feels on the repetitive side, There's many different types of enemies, and special abilities to keep you occupied.
The main goal to Warp is all about Zero escaping the laboratory. He must do everything in his power to escape from the evil scientists. Along the way you will use the warp ability for different reasons. It could be for exploding a canister, hiding till the coast is clear, or simply moving from one room to another. The games environment is a free-roam setup. You will unlock new areas as you progress, and with a well illustrated map, returning to a place couldn't be easier.
Throughout the game you will also come across challenges. These create a nice competitive side to the game with leaderboard support. These challenges have you warping from start to finish, or simply eliminating a number enemies in the quickest time. I found them enjoyable, but most of them are based on trial and error.
Warp can be a very challenging game. Completing a certain area surrounded by multiple enemies all depends on how you approach it. For example, you could warp into an enemy, kill him, but then get shot by the next. The best bet is to warp into an enemy, then leave without exploding. Doing so will stun the enemy, giving you time to attack the next. It can take a few attempts before you accomplish an area, but I found that whole part of the fun.
Overall, Warp is a unique and enjoyable game. It does have it's frustrating moments, but with a nice mix of stealth, humour and creative puzzles, you will keep coming back for more.
Review by Gareth Smith