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      26.04.2009 16:51
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      Thumbs in the middle

      "Bionicle: The Game" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by THQ. It is based on a storyline given to younger children and hobby enthusiasts through "LEGO" branded toys of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Personally, I have never found myself grasped by the LEGO or MegaBlocks phenomenon which has captivated the minds of many for several generations. I never found myself with enough time to sit down and build the plastic masterpieces seen on the box art, and always found the LEGO blocks too small for my clumsy hands. There have been many themed sets released in recent years and one is the "Bionicle" play set. It focuses on a fantasy type roleplaying scenario with players constructing beings from the island of "Mata Nui" where a God-like head "Toa" protects the tribal residents and allows them use of a specific magical element including fire, water and earth. Life is generally peaceful until an evil "Makuta" figure rises which drives the tribal residents from their home into the wilderness. The player will select a certain element he or she wishes to play as and must recover these hiding citizens. To complete the game fully, the player must engage with the same series of levels using a different magical element. After the last magical element has been played, this will unlock the final boss and defeating him will once again secure peace on the island. Gameplay is generally easy and the challenge will be met through trying to find the well hidden residents within the wilderness. Various keys, or "light stones", uncover hidden areas which likely contain the hiding individuals.

      The presentation is from an isometric perspective which focuses on the player's character who can often get lost in the island setting which can make for awkward navigation controlling. Due to the repetitive nature of the game, the graphics can be described as poor due to the constant requirement of repeating levels to complete the game. The detailing is generally simple with acceptable use of various colours and shades to reflect a varying environment. The audio is also of a poorer standard with one minute musical scores following the player through each stage and repeating itself throughout until completion.

      Overall, Bionicle may appeal to those otherwise enthralled by the LEGO playsets but I would not recommend it to those outside of this market. With the requirement of repeating the game to fully complete it, it seems like too demanding of a chore rather than relaxed entertainment.


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