Misadventures Of P.B Winterbottom
There is no easy
way to explain a game such as this, so letís just dive right in, youíre
a lovable glutton from the silent film era who through the ability of
time bending, enjoys stealing crusted pastries from the mouths of little
youths, got it? Good!
The insane premise
is backed up by an original and innovating gaming style of using a time
bending or cloning of yourself to make your way through the seventy five
levels to the ultimate goal, pie. Set in a world that can only be
describes as Tim Burtons ideal city, the twisted Victorian backdrops are
met with the short legged umbrella wielding Winterbottom who manipulates
everything at his disposal to solve the puzzle as quickly as possible
and get the goods.
Using the right
trigger you can record yourself doing any action or motion and set your
now immerging clones in an infinite loop until the goal is reached. You
can use them in any way you see fit, they are your lemmings, jump on
them, use them as a raft, seek and destroy, or just have fun. Itís
entirely up to you.
Each level has its own restrictions, such as the
number of clones that can emerge on the screen at any one time, or the
order of the pies you must capture but the creativity of the puzzles and
levels ensures that you will be either chewing the controller or
parading a victory lap for many sessions of play.
The levels are also timed so
thereís no need to worry about getting the greatest score, the question
you will ask yourself is, can I do that quicker?, as that is where the
bragging is, and even more so when you post your times on the Xbox Live Leaderboard.
The levels are
really a brilliant step in creativity as you make your way through using
beams, jumping on machines, depressing switches and extinguishing
flames, all for the almighty pie, with extra doses of memorable side
stories and amazing designs of art splattered around, its a great
accomplishment to see a title like this make its way onto a major
format, and hopefully will give a nice budget to the Odd Gentlemen
development team to continue to release these sparkling little gems.