Sprawled out over roughly
30 levels, Voodoo Vince is the latest in a recent crop of platforming games to
hit the gaming public. As you might have guessed, the game lightly flirts with
the topic of voodoo and being a voodoo doll sees us hurting the main character
in order to do away with his foes. An interesting concept and one that we are
going to explore in further detail in this review.
- Players 1
- Rating: G8+
In-game Dolby Digital
First thing to get out
of the way is that this game is honest to goodness old fashioned fun. I
always consider the XBox to be more of the adult gamers console and stress
when a title that is appropriate for younger players is released. This was
not the case with this one. It's perfect for gamers both young and old.
Vince is a Voodoo Doll and they are used
to inflict pain on one's enemy by hitting them or sticking pins into the
doll to simulate injury on the real person. A unique twist to the title
lets the player injure Vince in order to allow him to inflict pain on the
opposition, it was a fun idea and one that for some reason never ever got
Vince's world is a nice looking one and
the lead character himself is a delight to behold with very thorough
texturing and attention to detail on display. His animations are varied and
attacks consist of the quite standard ones found on practically any
platform game worth it's salt. It's important to bear in mind that the
focus of the game is to solve the simple puzzles and jump and run about to
achieve your objectives. It's not a fighting game by any stretch of the
imagination, nor does it pretend to be.
The theme of the game is Voodoo and the
developers have captured the feel of New Orleans very well without
overdoing it. My primary concern was that there were no women on balconies
with beads around their necks, somewhat disappointing but I guess we can't
have everything. If you are scratching your head about that last sentence,
do some reading about the Mardi Gras that occurs there.
I would have to say that Vince keeps the
fun going the whole way through the game and there is even an incremental
increase in difficulty as you progress. For the experienced gamers out
there, Voodoo Vince isn't going to be that much of a test in the puzzle
department, but will still be a fun way to pass the time. For younger
players there is a great hint system that will assist you with the title if
you get stuck.