Mystery of the Japanese Werewolf review (iOS / Universal)January 15, 2012
♫ “Come on Eileen, well I swear what he means
At this moment, you mean everything”
10 word description: Retro scrolling platformer inspired by classics. Exploration, humour, skill upgrades.
10 word review: A world of fun! Cheerful, colourful exploring and amusing too!
You will like this if you enjoy: Explore-em-up platformers like the ones that inspired this one – Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario, Mega Man, Metroid.
The good news: The humour works and is consistently amusing. Pixel art graphics do a great job of recreating the look of the classic platformers. Level design and regular skill upgrades work together to really hook you into the game. It’s fun – not too hard, always entertaining. Sound effects are fairly minimal; music is as charmingly retro as the visuals. Controls are fine, with two different options since an early update.
The bad news: If you go in hoping for something insanely difficult, you may not get exactly what you wanted. Also, there are a few grammar/typos in some of the messages/dialogue but they don’t really affect the game.
Arcadelife verdict: Great, really. A load of fun and the humour (which often falls flat or fails to add anything to a game) works really well and manages to give the protagonist and her alien mentor a lot of character depth. Fairly early on, there’s a fourth-wall joke associated with acquiring a new skill that is very funny, sticking in my mind long after I had passed that point in the game. Maybe when I have a gap in reviews in a week or so I’ll post the full screenshot sequence on Arcadelife. I played the game a lot on both review devices (4th gen Touch & iPad) and it’s equally fun and playable on both screen sizes. If you’re after a new platform game that isn’t a series of star-rated challenge levels, or you specifically want an exploration (Metroidvania) style retro platformer, I can fully recommend this one with no reservations.
Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 88/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.03
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