June 25, 2012 2:30 PM | John Polson
No enemies. No objectives. Just you and a trippy world. From the artist formerly known as Xenon, Axel Shokk releases exploration art game TRIP for Windows and Mac users for $11.00.
Shokk describes TRIP as "avant-garde by doing away with what is considered to be the most important part of game development, the gameplay." TRIP contains one sprite-collecting task (as in, I just collected a red square floating in the air), but it does not reward the player upon completion. The inventory system also didn't tell me anything further about the collected sprite. Just who were you, red sprite?
Movement was solid, though call me crazy for wanting to run. At first I wanted to enjoy the scenery slowly, but after several minutes I wanted to blaze through and observe the visuals via some hyper-psychedelic filter.
I admit I am an anxious gamer, but I enjoyed TRIP and its bonuses. A download includes an art collection, "Work by Axel Shokk from 2007 - 2012," two extra Flash games called TABLEFLIP THE GAME and Art Piece as a Game, and a preview of Shokk's upcoming Visual Novel Kat Attack.
Shokk cites to Myst, LSD Dream Emulator, and Journey as direct influences. Those who would enjoy something similar should consider investing in TRIP.