gamers (94%) found this review helpful
Have a hankering for a Zelda-type game? Majin might do the trick for you. It follows many of Zelda's basic principles--travel from room to room, explore, collect items, fight bosses--and applies its own unique twists. For one thing, you're quite dependent on a lumbering but powerful beast, which would be the titular Majin. While you can incapacitate enemies on your own, you need the Majin to finish them off.
As you travel through the world, you collect experience points for the hero and find upgrades for the Majin. Some of the Majin's upgrades include new magical powers, like the ability to breathe fire, which can be used to fight enemies or solve puzzles. However, the only upgrade the hero gets is when he goes up in level, and that just adds more hitpoints and attack power. The hero never learns new techniques, which I found odd.
The combat's pretty fun and the puzzles can make you think without being too challenging. Enemy variety is a bit limited, but beating on them and unleashing combinations never got old for me. However, some sections where you're required to move the Majin around on platforms and elevators can be a bit of a logistical nightmare and may reduce the desire to explore an area more thoroughly.
People have complained about the voice acting, and that criticism is half-true. The principal characters are fine, I think, but yes, the talking animals are pretty amateur-ish.
It's not a perfect game but it's got a good bit of depth, interesting ideas, and a unique setting. It's perfect for people that are tired of playing the same shooter over and over.
I like this game, it's a bit immature but hard enough that I doubt my 9yo brother could get far. If you like 3D Zelda games you'll probably like this. It adds a fun RPG element with changeable costumes and abilities. Took me around 14 hours to complete, could've put in another 2 finding all hidden items.
posted by juicedaman (NORTHBOROUGH, MA) Mar 20, 2011
Member since Apr 2007
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Let me first start off by saying the environment of Majin was remarkable. It had a storybook-like nostalgic feeling to it that attached me to the game right away. The first few hours of it were quite fun, but I came to realize that the game was very repetitive. It plays similar to Prince of Persia but finding out where to go can be quite difficult at times. I eventually got bored and could not finish the game due to the constant backtracking. If you like platformers/puzzle games though, this is a must play.