Posted: November 26
To some, it may look like just some so-so title that isn't worth a glance due to its small-time nature. But to me, I think it is a little (and I do mean LITTLE) gem in a sea of games of various qualities and polish.
Oozi is a humble platformer about a Rayman Wannabe who crashes his ship on a random planet, and thus is thrusted onto a quest to get his stuff back and return home. Storywise, it isn't much, but in this day and age, I suppose a simple plot is better than the overly dramatic stuff you get nowadays.
Once you get into the first level, though, the game certainly does start to charm you, with its lovely art style, its decent soundtrack (That is forgettable, but still nice to listen to throughout the game), and its easy to learn gameplay. It isn't a hard game persay, but it isn't a walk in the park either. I had times where the game did surprise me with some challenging platforming, which kept me interested and provided some satisfaction when I managed to survive past a difficult challenge to the next checkpoint. The game also throws out some interesting (if short lived) gimmics at you as well to spice levels up as you continue on your quest, from rock titans that can only be killed with short-fused bombs to security systems that require timing and smart jumps to avoid in order to progress through a part of the level. Sadly, many of these gimmics are often one level only, which is a shame they don't use some of these gimmics more often, because some of them really are interesting.
In the case of Bosses, there are four worlds each, with a boss in each of them. Ironicly, the first boss might be the hardest, because every boss I fought afterwards (even the FINAL BOSS) was rather mild. They still kept you on your toes, but they didn't seem awfully threatening. Really, the levels before the boss is where all the fun is, what with all the secret stars you can collect in each level to unlock challenge levels you can play to, well, challenge yourself, so there is at least a bit of replay value after the story is complete.
Sure, this game isn't the best platformer out there, it isn't gonna get any "oooohs" or "Ahhhhs" or even "11 out of 10s" out of you, but if you are looking for a decent little platformer that you can easily get into that'll provide a satisfying experience for a low cost, this is worth checking out. For anyone expecting something more intense, though... Look elsewhere.