What happens when the atmosphere and humor of Portal meets the gameplay of Painkiller? You get something like SickBrick, a recently released first person shooter for PC and Mac. However, while SickBrick is filled with promise, it's nowhere close to justifying the ten dollar price tag.
SickBrick is a Portal parody through and through, from the evil AI mocking you throughout SickBrick's many short levels to the mysterious wall grafitti telling SickBrick's story. When it comes to the story, there isn't much to say, as most of it is scribbles on a wall or an occasional log you can pick up, but its nothing to write home about.
Shooting is broken up by a few vehicle sections, where you control tanks with a myriad of different weapons. The problem is that the tanks control like geometric messes, taking too long to turn and much to hard to straighten out. What results is an annoying mess that does nothing but make you wish you were back to shooting the robots again.
On the plus side, combat can be very fun, albiet easy. Your character can bunny hop around the battlefield as you open fire, leading to a very Painkiller-esque feeling at times. You can strafe around SickBrick's robots and unload lead with ease, so I have no complaints there. However, your normal movement speed is a tad slow for my tastes, especially considering it's an FPS.
See, the real shame of SickBrick is that its quite fun at times. During the hour or so of play I had plenty of fun blasting apart robots, but I just can't recommend SickBrick for the price tag. It's too short, too easy, and the vehicle sections are abhorrent. If you ever see SickBrick at a very low price, I'd have no qualms in recommending it, but as is, SickBrick just isn't worth it.
This game was purchased by the reviewer and reviewed on the PC platform.