Fueled Up: A familiar theme that does not skimp on chaos and fun preview

For a while, Overcooked and Overcooked clones were in the spotlight as players fell in love with co-op co-op and the kind of hectic gameplay that this type of title offered. But then a global pandemic struck, and suddenly games that excelled in their local co-op character became less of a commodity. Fortunately, it seems that the era of social distancing is over, at least in many places around the world, and since that is the case, I have spotted an interesting chaotic co-op game that will mark the return of Could herald co-ops. That very title is Fueled Up and I had a chance to review it prior to launch later this year.

To be clear, if you have played Overcooked or something similar before, you will already understand the general premise of this game, even though the mechanics themselves are different. The idea of ​​Fueled Up is to keep a spaceship running for a certain amount of time, earn stars and make sure you stay out of the evil space octopus that is chasing you. Yes, the concept is a little strange, but it really boils down to this: an evil space octopus has come from another dimension and is destroying ships, and it is your duty to rescue damaged ships and escape with them before the octopus catches them finished.

What Fueled Up requires of the player includes the need to take crystals to a fuel refinery station to be able to produce fuel cells that keep the engines running, as well as repair hull damage, put out fires and ensure that the air locks are properly operated. (otherwise they open and suck you into the cold void of the room) And of course you do all this while navigating through doors that only open when someone else is playing e.g. stands on a printing plate, and so on. But if it somehow seems like too easy a challenge for you, there are a host of other dangers to thwarting the plan, including hull-splintering meteor showers, messy wormholes and space squid (essentially octopus henchmen) clinging to. to your ship and make your life more and more difficult.




While the finer details are unique to Fueled Up, you can see the similarities it shares with other co-op games of a familiar design. You must work together to overcome the challenges of each level and at the same time overcome the level design, which is usually in itself full of dangers, such as floating rivers of dangerous purple mud that will devour any player or object that falls into it.

What’s more, each level is not specifically about keeping the ship running for a certain amount of time. On the contrary, there are also optional goals, most of which require a little more communication and teamwork to get the job done. This can mean that the ship’s hull is kept at over 50% health, which means that you will have to patch holes every time they are made, or rather, not be pulled out of an airlock, which means that you have one that requires constant rotation of the force cells located in the air locks to prevent them from opening. I would say, from what I have seen, that these additional challenges are more for teams that have a lot of coherence as it becomes very difficult to try to do it without that level of collaboration.

When we talk about teamwork and cohesion, it should be noted that although Fueled Up is realistically designed to be played with other players, you can experience the game alone, as it instead places you in a two-character level that can be accessed by to press one button. Contact. It is an interesting feature, but makes life more difficult as it means that one character often stands still and unused while another moves around, for example to stand on a pressure plate.



But all in all, what I’ve seen in Fueled Up so far shows me that this is a very entertaining game. Yes, it has its fair share of familiar features, but it does not take away from the fact that you will be shouting at your friends in no time while stressing about controlling the many systems that fall apart on a high-tech spaceship. If you’re looking for a co-op title you can play for an evening, Fueled Up is set to be a great prospect.

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