At the end of the day, The Next Penelope isn't a racing game. It is an adventure game that happens to use racing as one of its core mechanics. There are many little things that you need to keep in mind to nail down a challenge. Strategy is the magical word here, and you shouldn't forget when the game throws you yet another curve. The journey is over before you know, which is a slight shame, as I was hoping for it skew a bit longer. Of course, it comes down to what a game does with its running time. In that respect, I couldn't be happier.
The Next Penelope provides a great mixture of Shmup and Racing gameplay which contains its fair share of challenges. It can often become overly challenging at times and this - coupled with a lack of control mapping - means a great game falls just shy of being essential.
The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus brings a very welcome mix to the usual racing game genre, presenting a wide variety of contents and a plot that acts as the thread for the races. Thanks to a simple and intuitive gameplay and to its challenging difficulty level, The Next Penelope only feels like it doesn't deliver when it comes to multiplayer, as it lacks an online multiplayer component, as well its short lifespan.
I found this game to be underwhelming, especially given it's very solid review scores. I didn't find the gameplay all that engaging and some of the levels are more frustrating than fun. I decided to play something else after about an hour and a half and I'm very unlikely to ever return to this again.
SummaryThe Next Penelope is an original 2D racing and action game, set in a futuristic Greece. As Penelope is looking for Ulysses through the galaxy, the player is free to explore the worlds in any order. Each planet features unique situations, races, bosses, and new permanent abilities to get for the spaceship. All weapons cost vital energy wh...