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Review Date: Dec 2011
Reviewer: Alex Wong
Geronimo Stilton in the Kingdom of Fantasy
Reminiscent of the Professor Layton
series, Sony have released their PSP contender with the
colourful Geronimo Stilton in the Kingdom of Fantasy. However
where this title stands out from Professor Layton is the amazing
painted artwork that looks like a children's book come to life.
The protagonist of the title is
Geronimo Stilton, the rodent editor and writer of a newspaper in
Mouse City who would rather eat cheese than do anything else.
This is all about to change!
While working on his computer late
one night, he hears a booming crash coming from his attic where
he discovers a mysterious stairway leading to another world
coming from a strange box. With his curiosity getting the better
of him, he decides to investigate and ventures into this fantasy
kingdom. Geronimo is hoping that this adventure could lead to
his greatest novel yet.
Joining Geronimo in this mythical
world is a talking frog named Scribouillardus who informs our
reluctant hero that he has been chosen by the Fairy Kingdom to
save their kingdom and thus begins the journey of Sir Geronimo
Stilton in the Kingdom of Fantasy.
As you explore the various
kingdoms, you will stumble upon creatures from legend such as
dragons, witches and giants, each with their own collection of
mini-games, brain teasers, jigsaws and puzzles that have been
flawlessly transcribed onto the PSP.
Although the game has been designed
for children, some of the puzzles are at times a little
challenging, even for hardcore gamer like myself but thankfully
the game gives you all the tools to solve the mystery. Therefore
some adult supervision may be required.
Also, as the character Geronimo
originated from Europe, the story and characters that you
encounter are all quite surreal and a little strange but that's
actually part of its charm, especially for Western gamers but
this also relates to some of the puzzles. Nonetheless, the
beautiful animation and artwork of the game is more than enough
of a reward to help the progression.
The gameplay of Geronimo Stilton in
the Kingdom of Fantasy is quite diverse and there over 60
puzzles to engage your cerebral cortex. From logic games to
memory and just about everything else in-between, the diverse
nature of the puzzles will ensure that younger gamers won't get
bored and will be continually challenged in this thoughtful
As mentioned, the graphics of the title is quite beautiful on
the PSP, thanks to its stylised graphics that looks like painted
artwork. Although the special effects are kept to a minimum, it
is a good looking game on the PSP that children will definitely
become attach to. The musical score is equally as captivating as
are the strange sound effects that work well with the graphics
and the gameplay.
Geronimo Stilton in the Kingdom of Fantasy, although similar to
the Professor Layton series is actually far more enjoyable in my
opinion due to its magical characters that come from a simpler
time as opposed to this world of over the top action heroes.
Hopefully simplicity is the key here and Geronimo Stilton in the
Kingdom of Fantasy will inspire younger gamers and opposed from
using their fingers to do all the game work, their brains are
the key. This game is no edutainment title but rather, an
amalgamation of book meets puzzles on the PSP.