For those who have played games like Rez, the basic gameplay of Child of Eden will be easy to grasp. What makes this game wonderful is the skillful integration of music and visuals, creating a gaming experience that is mind blowing. The problem, however, manifests itself with the lack of depth offered to players. I was disappointed that after clearing the five main levels, the game ended and all I had left was an "endless" mode.
Why replay the levels? Certain collectibles are offered at the end and these get added to the digital "garden" which is also the level select screen. There is also a gallery and videos to be unlocked as well. It's a nice touch, but hardly enough incentive to make me play a level more than four times. As a Kinect owner, I truly enjoyed it and switched to the controller when I got tired of waving my hand around. Often times, the game wasn't as responsive when playing with the kinect and there was a delay between what I did and what happened on the screen.
Overall, Child of Eden is a beautiful game which also uses the Heavenly Star album by Genki Rockets as its soundtrack. With stunning visuals, it's a truly wonderful gaming experience but it lacks a strong foundation; making the replay value moderate. It stands on its own and can't really be compared to other games, but there are still core elements that makes a game enjoyable and worthy of spending 40 dollars. The game is extremely short considering a level can be completed in 11-15 minutes.
Rent it and enjoy. I only wished there were more features, levels and gameplay depth to make it worth a buy.
posted by BlaktimusPrime (ORLANDO, FL) Jul 6, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
This game is absolutely phenomenal. This is the closest thing to a Dragonball Z experience you will get in the Kinect at the moment. It is one of the most visually stunning games you will see. You may get overwhelmed by it to the point of confusion but play a little longer and you will get used it. It is a blast and quite the work out on the arms. Also it doesn't hurt that music from Genki Rockets was used in this game.