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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.

Trex the alien knows at least one song from planet earth, much to Eileen's irritation

10 word review: A world of fun! Cheerful, colourful exploring and amusing too!

Hit points are indicated by the colour of Eileen's top. Green, Yellow, Red and ... dead

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.

Eileen has a knack of saying pretty much exactly what the player is thinking

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.

This is one of several encounters with this mini-boss character

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.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 88/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.03
iTunes link

MotJW website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
iPad (OS 5.0.1)
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