Somewhere on the corner of creativity and the truly bizarre sits this little game that can be found on itch.io. I have never played any games where I was just a single flying body part, but this is surely a whole lot better than some games where you play the disembodied head of an ancient samurai warrior. Granted, this game is not a shooter, it’s just a simple little timed game where you have to get to the end of zones. And it’s not easy.
Controlling Terrance is pretty easy: just hit the arrows or the WASD keys, whatever your preference. He doesn’t stop immediately, so you have to prepare for a little bit of fishtailing. You’ll guide Terrance through small obstacle courses filled with all manner of bizarre and inventive dangers.
If I were actually Terrance I would be a neurotic mess. Without explanation and, from what I can tell, shortly after his creation in a lab, this little eye has to face some pretty harrowing obstacles seemingly crafted for him. First, there are electrified walls and blocks that disappear when you run into them; they’re the orange ones. These wouldn’t be so bad, but then at some point there are these purple mines that come into play. Tap one and you have 3 seconds to vacate the area or be zapped to death by purple plasma. Each time you die, you are sent back to the beginning of the level, which makes me wonder: are you one eyeball or do they just create another? Each level is filled with equipment and what seems to be some Looney Toons version of measuring devices in the background, so maybe this is a series of test chambers not unlike those in Portal?
Each level ups the ante on level of challenge, too. I am still having trouble getting to the end of the second zone. See, there are these plasma-shooting blaster things, and after a while, they home in on you and fire a lot faster. At one point, I have to break through these glass tubes in order to progress with the blaster shooting like there’s no tomorrow behind me. If you run into it directly, you bounce just far enough back that you’ll get zapped, so you have to run into it and use the momentum to get you past the plasma balls. You will not be at a loss for a challenge.
As far as a game goes though, especially one on itch.io, you really can’t do better. The art here is fantastic, resembling a sort of Dexter’s Laboratory feel. For those of you not familiar with the old Cartoon Network tv show: it’s smooth and very professional-looking. Terrance the Flying Eyeball is a game that focuses more on timing and skill than other game elements. If you’re looking for a fun play with a simple concept to give you a break from all those deep gaming experiences that crowd the popular platforms these days, you could do worse than Terrance. The music is peppy and fun, the gameplay is fluid and easy to pick up. If you don’t get some enjoyment out of playing this game, even for a little bit, then you might just be expecting too much out of your games. Hell, the game doesn’t even cost that much. You can pay what you want for the game. Mind you, this is a title that has a some work in it, so leave a few notes in the till, please. I would say this game is worth at least 5$. If more indie devs put out games like this, competition in indie games would be even closer than it already is. Terrance feels like a game from a game jam and is just as delightfully creative.