FEB - Chuchel (Android)
Alex79uk wrote: ↑
January 20th, 2019, 5:10 pm
JAN - Super Mario Land (Nintendo Gameboy)
JAN - Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Megadrive on PS4)
FEB - Professor Layton & The Curious Village (Android)
FEB - Donkey Kong '94 (Nintendo Gameboy)
FEB - Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
Third Man from this very forum got me interested in this game, and after reading his write up I bought it immediately. It's the latest game from Anamita Design, and if you've ever played Samorost
, you'll know exactly what you're getting. Ostensibly a point and click adventure, it's more of a puzzle game really, where you are presented with one vignette after another where the sole purpose is to try to get access to a cherry that the main character is pursuing through the game.
There is a lot to love. It looks gorgeous, beautifully animated and has some brilliant sound effects. Now, some
of these vignettes, which can range between anything from 30 seconds to 10-15 minutes of play time, are excellent. Real genius design, and a joy to play. Some, however, are flat out boring and frustrating.
The very best levels give you pure 'ah-ha!' moments, whereas some are little more than 'here are six options. Try them all. They all fail. Once you've tried these six, a seventh option appears. Seven is the correct option', and this happens far too often.
The game draws its inspiration from far and wide. There were shades of Canabalt, Pacman, Tetris and even One Finger Death Punch! These levels are brilliant, and it's just a shame the quality isn't quite consistent all the way through.
It's crazy, too. And not in a 'hey, we're all mad here' type way. In a 'do you think these guys are actually OK?' type way. It's is absolutely batshit off-the-wall in places, and this makes for a lot of fun a lot of the time. But, there really are several sections that had me, well, just bored. And that's never good.
Overall, I'm glad I played it. It's rare I'll see a mobile game through to the end, so that in itself means it did something right. I would recommend this with the slight caveat that you do need to sludge through some parts to get the goods.