Teardown is a fully interactive heist game that offers a lot of unusual missions. Destroy buildings, break through walls, blow up safes, and see no obstacles!
First-person view? 3D environment full of little cubes objects are made of? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It’s hard not to compare it cubic voxeled-up world to Minecraft. Still, given its scale and the density of these voxels, Teardown looks greater than one can imagine. Everything is interactive, breaking to pieces after a contact, and destruction here looks very spectacular. In addition, system requirements are quite low due to the cubic style.
Though the game is most interesting as a sandbox, there is a story mode as well. As a head of a company offering various services, you struggle out of debts and accept various shady missions. This gets you knee deep in criminal affairs, pushing you even deeper into car hijacking, explosions, robberies, and stuff. All these jobs require destruction, and soon you become an expert in solving its physical puzzles.
Or, well, no mission required, you can just play it as a sandbox. Select an environment, walk around, and blow all you see to kingdom come. To destroy objects, you can use a sledgehammer, a torch, a fire extinguisher, a gun, or an explosive. Or, of course, hit anything with a car, a boat, or a bulldozer (MARVIN HEEMEYEEEEEEER!!!) Unless it’s an indestructible object like an alarm that makes you hurry.
More stories and puzzles may come with mods, or directly from the developers. In this world, it’s not hard to shape other explanations to the mayhem it’s all made for. The developer encourages modders to contribute, making Teardown a great environment for applying your creativity. And your contributions can make it to the release edition.
Though the game is so far only available on PC, it can be controlled any possible way: with a keyboard-and-mouse set, with onscreen touch controls, or with a gamepad. Full controller support is promised, which is great for any first-person game. If you take some time to learn shortcuts, playing becomes quite easy.
Games like Teardown mean to keep you invested for long, with elaborate physics and endless creative potential. So far, Teardown is in Early Access, meaning that its correct functioning is not granted. Still, there aren’t many bugs reported, and seeing the game evolve before your eyes is a worthy experience. As new features and missions are added, the game becomes even more playable.
Teardown is a fresh breath for those into Minecraft and its likes but tired of the originals. It combines crazy heist atmosphere, good in-game physics, various controls support, and a sandbox mode along with a story.
- Unusual visuals and premise combination
- All sorts of controls supported
- Physical puzzle mechanics
- Low system requirements
- The campaign makes lame use of the engine
- Still in Early Access
- Some mechanics defy logic