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GF Rating
7.7

543 ratings

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Decent game

posted by decapad (BRONX, NY) Sep 26, 2009

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Member since Dec 2007

7 out of 11 gamers (64%) found this review helpful

Hi - this game is like a very light version of Shin Megami. Basically a lot of planet hopping ( so you get a nice variety of backgrounds) battling various evils. You do a lot of excavating to find goodies to raise your mini army at your command. You'll do a lot of upgrading to your army throughout the adventure. Combat is easy & fun. The path of what to do next is easy to follow.
I usually prefer adventure games to be a bit more exploratory (finding neat secrets, etc...) & have some creative puzzles to solve - so that aspect of the game was somewhat disappointing. But still a nice 10 hour rental that is enjoyable. My best, D

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

When fossils fight, who wins?

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Aug 30, 2009

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Member since Jan 2008

Got to excavate them all - oops, wrong game.
But Spectrobes Origins does have the Pokemon feel of catching and collecting creatures called spectrobes. Some Spectrobes fight alongside your character against enemies called the Krawl, which are different types of monstrous: creautres like four legged rock lizards, floating ice squid things, and so on.
Most of this combat is the player dodging the attacking Krawls while striking back - with his/her weapon and his/her Spectrobe.
But the combat system has a major flaw in it. Far too often an off screen Krawl would barge in and smash into our hero, doing lots of damage. Something I get hit with several Krawls at once and my life points suffer for it. (This game needs a simple lock on system.) It gets worse when the off screen Krawl hit me with projectiles. This is one game not for the easily frustrated.
And finding the weak spot on some bosses can get irritating - namely the one on the ice planet.
But there are other parts to the game, namely the collecting Spectrobes part. You do that by finding a cube of solid rock, bring it back to the ship, and use a console to blast through the rock with tools like a drill, laster, blower, and bombs. It is easily the most enjoyable part of the game.
After that, you awaken the Spectrobe by doing a simple rhythm based game. It is now ready to be part of the Search Team.
In order to get it onto the Fighting Team, you feed it an evolution crystal (which you find by wandering about the area.)
Spectrobes each have an element - fire, earth, water, and so on. There are five in all, and every element works best a different element (water is best against fire), and is vulnerable to a third element (fire is weak against water).
The story is simple; it’s about the search for some shards to stop a disaster. There's a lot of content to keep players busy for hours.
Spectrobes has some good ideas, but the combat gets very frustrating very quickly. RENT IT.

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GF Rating
7

Good

It's time too brawl with the Krawl!

posted by tomkarl (HAMILTON, MT) Jul 28, 2010

Member since Mar 2009

The third game in the Specrtrobes series. A good starter for the specrtobes series, if you have a Wii. You can play as Rallen or his partner Jeena. This game is kinda half 2-player, P2 can take controll of the spectrobe when in battle, or in search mode. The Krawl get kinda ugly as you pogress through the game and, the bosses are fairly easy, until the end. The weapons are my favorite part of the game,(my favorite one is the "Cosmo Blaster"). Overall fun for a short time only.

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