GSY Review PC PS4 Xbox One Switch

As usual, July is pretty quiet in terms of new releases but it doesn't mean we have nothing new to share with you. Etherborn comes out today and we were sent a review code a couple of weeks ago or so, which allowed us to prepare a quick review of this puzzle game by Altered Matter. As usual, it is accompanied by a few videos but we chose to only show the first 2 levels not to spoil too much of the game.


The idea behind Etherborn is a pretty good one. Despite the fact that what you have to do is very simple on paper (find the spheres which will allow you to activate the switches), the way the developers play with gravity can make it quite tricky to reach the end of a level. It will obviously depend on what kind of player you are, but it's an interesting mechanic which holds the promise of very challenging puzzles. Sadly, the limited number of different levels (5 only) prevents the game from reaching its full potential. Sure there's a New Game + in which the spheres are more difficult to reach, but it does not compensate for the absence of an acceptable number of levels. Because of that, it will take you between 2 to 4 hours to complete which, considering the price tag, is a tad short really. The game is still pleasant to play, but it keeps reminding us of what it could have achieved had it been more satisfying in terms of content and it's very unfortunate. Not that it would have been a truly memorable game if it had featured more levels and the addition of new mechanics/situations, but it would have at least been a lot more recommendable.
  • On the upside
  • The concept is good
  • Relaxing experience
  • 60 fps as a bonus
  • On the downside
  • Way too short (5 levels only)
  • Camera angles do not always make it easy to jump or drop down
  • Not especially memorable
Commented on 2019-07-18 15:46:28
Hi, Drift. Thanks for the review. And since July is a very calm month in terms of releases, any chance you guys can cover a few games that were released in the past months, but never got any coverage from Gamersyde?

I'm thinking of games like Void Bastards and other small indie games. I understand if you guys are busy, on vacation, didn't get a code or just don't want to spend the money on a game you don't plan on playing any further. It's just a suggestion since this month and maybe next there won't be many high profile releases. Of course, this is the best time to clear some backlog.
In reply to
About the game
Published by
Altered Matter
Developed by
Altered Matter

$156 of $400 per month

What's up?
  • Loakum

    Loakum *sips on a wine glass of grape juice* Why do I feel compelled to chant, “Let’s go Brandon?” Hmmmm (1 Week ago)

  • nostradamus

    nostradamus gsyde workin' on the clock. great content. (8 Weeks ago)

  • nostradamus

    nostradamus massive downgrades coming from the staples achieved w/ the Halo 3 sandbox/physics, with Dice/BField it should never be a trade-off, ony thing they should be trading its engine if it isnt up 3 the job (> 3 Months ago)

  • nostradamus

    nostradamus Halo keeps being this Sonic title bait & switch "will their next title be able to Look up par with its current gen counterparts"? Never. Even Halo 4 who was pretty good on Campaign suffered from (> 3 Months ago)

  • nostradamus

    nostradamus tech? I dunno, go get some insight of Activision (the good input, not the misogyny), all they COD devs make evident generation leaps tech-wise. Do they keep being the same core IP? I think so. (> 3 Months ago)

  • nostradamus

    nostradamus so Halo must be thet bottomb of the barrel FPS to keep its identity. Add some negligible subsurface scattering reflections or some other tech only possible now and call it the day copy/pasting the ol (> 3 Months ago)

  • b0vril

    b0vril yea but, would it be halo then? (> 3 Months ago)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood Another (French) livestream today at 2:30 CEST but you're welcome to drop by and speak English. I will gladly answer in English when I get a chance to catch a breath. :) (> 3 Months ago)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood GSY is getting some nice content at 3 pm CEST with our July podcast and some videos of the Deus Ex Mankind Divided preview build. :) (> 3 Months ago)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood For once we'll be live at 4:30 pm CEST. Blim should not even be tired! (> 3 Months ago)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood More Quantum Break coverage coming in a few hours, 9:00 a.m CEST. (> 3 Months ago)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood We'll have a full review up for Firewatch at 7 pm CET. Videos will only be tomorrow though. (> 3 Months ago)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood Tonight's livestream will be at 9:15 GMT+1, not GMT+2 as first stated. (> 3 Months ago)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood New GSY Live dedicated this time to Just Cause 3 on Tuesday 9:30 GMT+2 (> 3 Months ago)

Also on Gamersyde

Our Xbox Series video of Riders Republic

  • Sunday, October 24, 2021
  • Driftwood

WRC 10 finally welcomes Belgium

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • Driftwood

Our PS5 videos of House of Ashes

  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Driftwood