“ Manufacturer: Deep Silver / Genre: Action & Adventure / Release Date: 2008 „
Igor is a puzzle and adventure type game for the Nintendo DS, loosely based on the film of the same name.
The game starts with a small tutorial to get you used to the controls, but the game is sometimes quite cryptic in a confusing rather than challenging sense. The aim is to solve puzzles whilst collecting items to progress through the game. I found the whole progression through the game rather clumsy, sometimes not entirely sure where I was going and for what purpose.
There is also a fighting element to the game where you have to play a Tetris type mini-game in order to win the fight and progress. By getting blocks together you are able to beat off your monster opponents and perform different moves, which is interesting for a while, but not the basis of a fighting game given how many times this has to be done.
The plot is really to build up Igor to be able to fight the tougher monsters, which you have to fight across six tournaments. To complete these tournaments requires fighting lots of different characters, and constantly building up the character. It's a reasonable plot in itself, but really requires a better fighting mechanism than the one we get.
Unfortunately the game play just gets a bit repetitive in the end, with the same sort of fights and the same sort of challenges throughout the game. I never got near to completing it (or at least I don't think I did, as the game isn't that well structured) although it was quite enjoyable playing along with the puzzles for a while, so there is a certain amount of game play to be had.
The graphics aren't too bad but are nothing particularly special, the fighting sequences are in 3D, with the actual map and exploration section being 2D. The sounds and music are more background noises rather than part of the game, and again aren't that impressive.
Using the Nintendo DS's wi-fi feature you can also play this game with friends, which does add a bit of extra interest, but in my view, only a limited amount.
The game is available currently for just 8.95 pounds on Amazon, compared to its original price of thirty pounds. The game is rated 7+ so is also suitable for slightly younger children. I would personally say that I don't like film licences being turned into games which are mediocre, as I do wonder how many parents buy them for their kids based on the film, only to be disappointed.
Overall, the game isn't too bad at its current price on Amazon of under nine pounds, especially as the game was only released towards the end of 2008. However I found the game of limited interest given its repetitive nature, but it's not a bad puzzle game for those that like that genre of games.
Yet another film-to-game release for the DS, Nintendo seems to license and churn these games out without much vetting for quality and content. This is one of those tiles that really suffers when turned into a game.
Object of the game is to assermble monsters that are good enough to fight in competitions, this is done by collecting parts and playing various mini games most of which are puzzle block games that involve getting blocks of colour and using blaster blocks to fill meters on the screen so your monster can perform fight moves.
Non existent as far as I can tell, did not get that far into this game as I found it to be virtually unplayable. From the start there are loads and loads of screens with dialogue boxes where various characters explain the game and lay the story out. These are static screens which take a lot of time to get through. When you finally reach some type of game they are really just block building and busting mini games that seem very complicated and do not achieve any sort of objectives.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND:
Both graphics and sound a very poor with small confusing icons and fairly dull colour's, sound is poor with a looped piece of music from the film layed over the game, boring.
Avoid at all costs you will be disappointed, shame on the money grabbers from Nintendo for licensing such rubbish.