This is not the "killer app" for the Move everyone wanted, but it is a decent enough game.
The spells are fire, wind, lightning, earth, ice, and the standard wand blast. You have to activate each kind of spell with a different motion. Some of them are annoying to activate like the wind spell, which requires you to wave over your head. In the heat of battle, it's difficult to keep track of which motion to do, because you have 10 enemies coming at you or throwing projectiles.
You can combine spell effects, like making a mini-tornado and shooting fireballs or thunderbolts through it at enemies. There are also some easy puzzles to work through using the spells. That is the gist of the magic.
You also combine ingredients you find to upgrade your abilities. There's a fun "witch's brew" section where you put ingredients into a cauldron and mix it.
Unfortunately, most of what you're doing is flicking your wand like a gun blaster, so it ends up feeling like you're playing Ratchet & Clank with a wand.
The camera works fine, except there's no lock-on, so if you're trying to hit a boss character, you might start hitting a minion. There's a free look, but it's very limited.
The graphics and music are excellent. Aesthetically it reminds me of Dragon Age's backgrounds but with the colorfulness of the 3D Zelda games, although eventually they get repetitive. There are 2D storybook-type cutscenes that are gorgeous, sort of like the game Folklore.
This game is much aimed at kids as there's not a lot of effort put into the story or characters. Not to say it's bad, but boring. It's like a ho-hum Disney animated movie without all the bad jokes. The dialogue is funny at times with the banter between Finn and his talking cat.
If you haven't used your Move and want to play an actual game, not a bunch of mini-games stuck together, then this is it. Note, it does require the Nav controller.
I wish they had allowed more creativity with the spells.
posted by GlassDarkly (STEVENSON RANCH, CA) Sep 13, 2012
Member since Sep 2012
Once you calibrate, do not move. Otherwise, the camera will not know where you are and your shots will be off.
I found this out the hard way. Even then, it is not a perfect wand.
Still, I did finish the game and overall enjoyed my time with it. The world looks OK, although repetitive and linear. They do a nice job with bonus potions and such, but changing spells is sometimes a challenge. Luckily they slow down time for you.
It's just ok. If you're looking to use your Move like I was, there are worse ways to spend a few hours. But be ready for some annoying moments trying to line up your shots and a sore wrist from all the flicking.