SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell by Pine studio and Headup games is exactly what it’s name states. The game is evilly addictive with a heavy metal soundtrack that keeps your blood pumping (not like you’ll need any help) and leaderboards always front and center to help drive you to beat your friends. SEUM proclaims itself as a “bastard child of Quake 3 and Super Meat Boy” which is pretty accurate and awesome because it got me looking up Super Meat Boy only to realize that a new version is coming out in 2018 which is awesome!
The intro tells the story in comic book style which is great and the games graphics also brought me back to old-school games like Doom II and Hexic. And (like I’ve said in other reviews) if you don’t know those games, go look them up and realize that many of the gamers out there older than 20 put in weeks and weeks worth of gaming on those games before there was Live/Steam/PSN Network.
You start off SEUM just like most people enjoy their weekends, watching sports and having a few drinks only to have a demon bust in and steal your beer! Well you chop off the demons arm after he chops yours off and go on a hunt to get your beer. There are over 100+ levels spread out over 9 floors each floor and level getting progressively harder, implementing more powers and complicated puzzles to solve. Your powers include shooting fireballs, reversing gravity and teleporting and each power up adds more complexity to the levels. In every level there are three things to complete.
Beat the level before time totally runs out, beat the level before a specified amount of time and find a can of beer. Once you find enough cans of beer in each floor you’ll unlock a bonus level where you will need to bear more times and unlock another collectible like bacon. There are a lot of other features that will make the game have even more life after of course you’ve completed all 300+ objectives. Extended play (in theory) will be where you’ll have DLC which I think could really make this game be a long lasting gem. Speedrun throws you up against friends to see who can make it through a whole floor the fastest while (if you want) picking up beers along the way and/or not dying. Endless mode puts you up against random levels with bonuses and traps throughout the level to see who amongst your friends/the global leaderboard can make it the furthest without dying.
I think that SEUM can go a long way to become something really special if they treat it well after release with good DLC and even a sequel. That being said, even without either of those things It’s a great game worth a buy.