A basic platformer remade from its ps2 roots to HD glory on the 360, has a really cool art design and some great moments but overall can be a glitchy and frustrating affair. If you are in it for the achievements this a good renter, just don't get too upset when the game freezes on you as it did MULTIPLE time for me. Quietly reload and go after that 500 pt finish game achievement as it is the only reason I gave this game a full spin. The graphics aren't bad and the story has one too many find the 3 parts of the amulet sections but for a renter you could do worse. 6.5 stars down to 4.5 for the 3 or four frozen screen glitches I experienced. Might be a little dark(visually) and difficult in sections for younger gamers, who it appears geared towards.
As was the case with me, I'm sure most people renting this game are doing it for the easy achievements for the 1000 gamerscore. Also, I'm sure you're expecting a bad game. Well, this is definitely not a masterpiece, but it's not a bad way to go to get achievements.
First off, the graphics are very dated, as this is a port of a PS2 game. The art style is funky but not horrible. The story is simple, and there's nothing "inspired" in the game, but it has it's moments of enjoyability.
You have a choice at the start of the game as playing either a male or female character, but you only play as this character for the very start of the game and the very end of it. The rest of the game you play as "Brave" the main character of the game. And when you do actually play as the character you chose at the start, if you pick a female, the voice acting is only appropriate during the cutscenes, but during gameplay it still uses the "male" voice.
The controls and gameplay are good and responsive, although they have to be considering some areas of the platforming in this game are EXCRUCIATING to deal with and get through. For the most parts the checkpoints and levels are well placed, but every now and then there are sections of platforming where you have to be exact in your jumping and movements, otherwise you fall to your death and have to do it all again.
There are "secret totems" to be found, an excellent video guide can be found here: xbox360achievements[DOT]org/forum/showthread.php?t=168867 (the volcano level video is a bit out of order, so watch it all so you don't skip anything as you go along).
So overall, expect a decent game meant for kids, be prepared to spend around 10 hours getting through this if you're also going for the secret items (if not, expect around 6 hours). Also be ready for some frustrating parts that will test your patience. Good luck!
Great game for boosting your Gamer Score and for the younger ones.
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10
- Offline: 14 (1000 )
- Online: 0 (0 )
- Approximate amount of time to 1000 : 6-10 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: 0 (level select)
- Glitched achievements: None!
- Cheats disable achievements: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No