So you like the dinos eh? Well so do I, and
Paraworld serves them up in spades. Welcome to a new type of RTS
where you get to open up cans of whup ass whilst astride a reptilian
behemoth and fight other monsters.
This game hearkens me back to Dinotopia, do you
remember that series where the dinosaurs and humans were living
together? Well itís sort of the same thing but you get to take
control of war units and get them to plod through the world battling
This is a world however that goes beyond
Dinotopia and is one of the wackiest things you could possibly
imagine as it is filled with such an unlikely characters that most
of the time you will just be shaking your head in disbelief as you
encounter ninjas, norse Vikings and all other sorts of nonsense.
Cast that aside fair gamer you will be too engrossed in what you are
doing to really care.
As you can imagine, combat on dinosaur is slow
going and one of the only gripes I had with the game is how long it
would take to get from one area to the next. The graphics look great
and totally will immerse you in the lush gameworld. The title is
open ended to some extent and there are side quests to the main
combat that can be undertaken, so there is a bit of choice to it
The game is moved along with a narrative that is
pretty simplistic that all gamers will be able to ďgetĒ and run
with. The audio is pretty cheesy and hammed up however there is a
fantastic music score that fills your speakers and perfectly suits
what you are doing at the time. As the game progresses, you will
earn points or skulls in this game that will allow you to promote
your dino units and power them up with new skills.
The whole idea to the game is that there are a
series of parallel worlds that your team of heroes are aware of.
They have been stranded on a world that is not their own and they
must make alliances and battle their way back to our Earth and of
course get the bad guy that stranded them in the first place. Thatís
it in a nutshell. Wacky crazy stuff!
Otherwise the game does follow a pretty standard
RTS format. You control units, build them up and then move them out.
The controls are pretty easy to learn and overall you can control
battles with ease from any location. The game world is populated
with some interesting plotlines and kooky folk/creatures.
AI in game will present different challenges that
you have to be aware of and the difficulty level will jump up and
down depending on what faction you are fighting at the time. Itís
fun to figure out the best way to get the best of the enemy and the
constant demands on your defences will drain all your resources and
make sure that you really have to keep an eye on what is being used
as you battle and develop your forces.
All things said and done, Paraworld is a nice
take on an established genre. Itís not earthshaking and itís been
done over and over, however it is a solid enough game that you will
happily play all the way through to the end. The title does support
multiplayer, however it was the single player game that I enjoyed
So, Iíd give this one the thumbs up. If you like
RTS with a twist and enjoy battling dinosaurs, Vikings and ninjas
simultaneously, then this is a winner for you sir!