Pubblicata: 25 novembre
I suppose that if I have to review this game, I have to see it in a kid's mindset because if I view it in an adult's point of view, the amount of frustration that I have experienced will blow the roof away.
Performance and state of the port
Performance is pretty good. No lag, bugs, or crashes experienced in my playthrough. Mid-end rigs with parts from 2006 will probably max this out at 60 FPS or higher due to the minimal but lovely graphics style used for the game. Graphics options are limited to
- Shadow Mapping
- Drop Shadows
All of which can be turned On
It may seem lacking at first but keep in mind that this is a kid's game. I doubt that they'll care about it anyway.
Rebindable keys are also present which is good.
This is the most boring RPG I have ever played. Leveling up means having higher attack power and increased health and that's it. There are no points to spend, there are no skills to develop, and battles consist of QTEs with timers that aren't even quick! These should be called STE or Slow Time Events
because it sure is taking it's sweet time waiting for your input. Mechanics that you'd expect from a standard RPG are either missing or simplified and that's it.
In order to fully appreciate the gameplay, you must view it as a kid who plays casually like those playing Candy Crush Saga
or Angry Birds
. Because there are kids out there, maybe 7 to 12 years old, who are playing Planescape: Torment
, Deus Ex
, or Fallout
and they'd instantly say that this game sucks.
The game revolves around the use of costumes that grant different abilities to it's wearer. A robot costume for example makes the wearer walk (or hover) faster in exploration and adds the "Missile Barrage" skill in battle. The knight costume gives the wearer the ability to use his shield to block incoming debris or other forces involving gravity in exploration and adds the "Guardian Shield" skill in battle. Costumes are also used to solve various obstacles encountered in the game. My only gripe is that you can't change costumes in battle ala FFX-2.
The gameplay is basically structured like this: battle starts, you choose from three options (a standard attack, and two other special attacks that uses AP without explanation of how it fills up), then QTEs. Pretty basic and annoying but it works as a casual game - and it does a good job of being one. I mean, I even played it with one hand on the keyboard!
Dialogue can't be skipped and has it's own pacing, which can be hard for some kids.
Side-quests are also present which are very easy to complete. Pretty good addition for those who like seeing more of what the world has to offer. The hard part is finding the people who give them.
Story is nothing epic or mind-boggling. Just a standard children's story. Trick-or- treating twins which must save the other one (depending on which you choose as your main character) from monsters who likes candy so much.
Things like the characters turning in the costume they represent when in battle or kid NPCs roleplaying the costume they wear is a very nice touch. It also helps that the game has a lot of witty and clever dialogue.
I recommend this game for kids and adults alike who play casually. I promise you that the game is very deserving of it's price. However, if you're a hardcore RPG player looking for new games to play, then let me tell you now to stay away from this game.