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Hidden Gem - Right Here
on 27 November 2010
This game is a 'storybook buddy adventure'...You play a theif who has entered a forsaken land, and you team up with the Majin, a legendary creature which can fight the dark enemies (they look tar like, a bit like the enemies in ico on PS2)
It boils dow to a lot of puzzle solving gameplay, and quite a bit of combat too where you team up with the Majin. As a couple of examples the Majin may pull a catapult which you get in and then he lets go, or you may direct him to drink water, then get him to spit it out to start a waterwheel. Solving the puzzles is very enjoyable, and controlling the Majin is easy.
In terms of negatives, there are a few...the lighting and shadowing is not fantastic, and whilst the graphics overall have great color and art, there's not as much detail in the distance as you may be used to in many games. Voice acting on the two main characters is quite good, but on the animals you speak to along the way the voice acting is quite poor. Platforming can be a bit fiddly, but again it is enjoyable. Lastly the game takes a few hours to get into it's stride.
There's plenty to do in the game, each area has about 5 secrets hidden within and getting these is enjoyable (and the map shows you how many are left in each area too)...the areas are just the right size to be enjoyable as puzzles, and to make finding each collectible manageable and not tedious.
Overall this game just works...the Majin is absolutely adorable and you will enjoy the time spent together. The levels are colourful and bright, the gameplay and bosses are inventive and enjoyable. Make no mistake this is a game made on a much lesser budget than AAA games, and at times it shows. But what also shows is that it's a game with heart, and it provides the 360 with the kind of special Japanese experience the original xbox always lacked.
I have played a few of the 'hidden gems' this generation...the likes of Muramasa, Little kings story, and in my own opinion this particular game outshines them...not necesarrily in terms of slick production, but in that it's got a heart of gold, and that makes it magical. If Jim Henson were around today, and erm...japanese, this is the kind of game he'd make.