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Miguel D. Costa "Darkmessaiah" (Portugal)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Casual Fun, 13 May 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
It's simply a simple and fun game, with interesting touchscreen mechanics and peculiar rhythm challengens. The only main flaws are: the game's progression (only one game available at first) and the fact that there's no difficulty option, for some of the tasks are a tad hard, or require utmost care for perfection -- or close to so -- for them to be achieved.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (PS3)
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (PS3)
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £13.80

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice just like the first one, but possibly a bit worse., 25 Dec. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Lego Indiana Jones 2 is simply a sequel to the first one, which was a great game!

It captured the essence of Indiana Jones as an enjoyable/engaginc piece of work mixed with the humour and innocence of LEGO games -- all with a simple and family-friendly environment and gameplay, in which there were easily tolerable flaws.

The second game is another retake on the brand, mostly focused on the 4th movie: The Atomic Fridge... sorry! I meant, Crystal Skull.

This retake is done with some interesting plot changes, in which even an ice cream truck came into the scene at the beginning -- typical LEGO style! -- but the levels, for some reason, are much more simple and not so fun to play, mostly because they are generally much much smaller, less creative and the gaming experience isn't fluid at all, unlike the previous games in the LEGO series by Traveler's Tales -- and, for me, these are quite some issues.

The levels are structured differently, too. Now there are small worlds in which the levels are distributed, just like a small island with some houses being the levels -- to sum it all up, it's basically like GTA. There are nice vehicles and additional challenges and secrets, but finding the levels seems to be a bit too hard or just boring. I miss the simple structure in which there was less to explore in the main map but levels were easy to find and replay!

The retake on the first 3 movies in this game seems more like a bunch of bloopers, in which there was no intent of resuming the story, but making fun of some scenes! That's ok: even though it's not as funny as the first game, at least it's something different! But the levels aren't well thought: most of them are quick scenes of pointless boss fights or one of many car chases, none of them a strong point in favour of the game itself, since they were never really well done in any LEGO game!

The creator mode adds some length, but the game is funny for its references and humor, not creative capabilities, which are limited and complex here! Yes, it's fun to make our own character, but that's enough! It "ain't" nice to spend a lot of time doing a square-shaped level with nothing special on it!

To sum it all up, it's a good game, but easily the worst of all in the series -- including Star Wars and Batman chapters. The fact that the screen may split in two when the two players are too far away from each other is a nice inclusion, but between that and a smoother frame, I'd go for the last one!

As usual, the product was shipped fast and in perfect condition by Amazon.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (PS3)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (PS3)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £16.27

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Wars game for everyone in general, except die-hard fans -- a great parody, 25 Dec. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Even though it seems like a wacky idea, Lego Star Wars was a successful product in many ways.

Regarding the game itself -- as in, "gameplay-wise" --, it has its flaws, it may have a few glitches and camera problems. But those problems are easily overlooked by the game's charisma!

First of all, it's not supposed to be a challenge! You'll never see a game over screen or respawn at a last checkpoint. Instead, you'll just revive at the same spot -- or at an edge close-by in case of a fall -- with a lower score, this one determined by the total value of lego STUDS -- coins, basically. So even those weird bugs or bad-timed jumps are tolerated by the less experienced or less skilled players, since there's no need for skill at all.

But for a "non-challenging" game to be successful, it needs something to "pull the player into playing it". And that's where the charisma comes in.

Mixing the loveable and cute image of LEGO and the cult and fiction of Star Wars, the game resumes the story quite accurately, but with very noticeable changes to make it unique and, most of all, "LEGO-ISH" -- cute and funny:

Legos don't speak, so catchphrases were replaced by very intelligent and humorous moments which, just like the great movies, shouldn't be spoiled. Naturally, most of the puns will only be completely understood by people who watched the movies, but since it's a joy to see on its own, it's also a great way to understand the magic of Star Wars in a funny, child-friendly and non-violent way! Because Star Wars isn't about violence or the horrour of war, but a cult epic which is a joy to see and hear! It's simply engaging!

So Lego Star Wars is a family entertainment product for both fans of Lego and Star Wars, because it may not be the best game, but it's a good game with unique moments to see!

Regarding the service by Amazon in terms of shipping this game, I must say it was immediate and accurate. The game was new and worked perfectly on the PS3!

Disney Collection: Quackshot / Castle Of Illusion (Mega Drive)
Disney Collection: Quackshot / Castle Of Illusion (Mega Drive)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Classic, 25 Dec. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The game overall follows a series of Disney games based on the main reference in platforming games: Super Mario Bros.

Simple and fun, accessible -- thus not being too hard -- and with nice, colourful graphics which will are delightful for any Disney fan -- except those only followers of Hannah Montana!

Another crucial factor is the gameplay: it's easy and responsive: definitely not irritating, even though, in both games in the cartridge, some jumps may be considered "dangerously annoying", but that's ok, considering all the rest.

Too bad there are no save games, a detail that seriously affects the game's length -- and not the other way around, in my personal opinion -- , since you'll have to start at the beginning of the first stage every time you turn your game console off.

Regarding both games individually -- in terms of quality -- , I'll have to go for Castle of Illusion, since it captures the magic of Disney classics better than Quackshot, which has some of it as well, but the first one is astonishing in terms of atmosphere, for its time.

Now, about my shipment, it was fast and the product came in the mentioned conditions -- very detailed, by the way -- so I'll have to congratulate the seller, since his/her service was of utmost quality.

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