Sony's Little Deviants is a fun collection
of 30 or so mini-games that showcases the features of the PS Vita but is
definitely lacking in replay value. Fortunately it's probably the
cheapest PS Vita game available which would have been nice if it was
included with the PS Vita as a bonus game.
Pursued by the evil Botz,
the Little Deviants have
crash-landed on the Whoman
world and it's up to you
Enjoy 30 varied mini-games,
packed with fun and humour
that showcase the full
interactivity of PlayStation
Play with the Little
Deviants and learn their
personalities and abilities
Use all your guile and skill
to outwit the fiendish
Plenty of replayability;
challenges to complete and
awards to gain.
Interestingly enough, there is actually a "story" that holds these
mini-games together which requires the players to save the Little
Deviants who have crash landed on Earthy while being pursued by the evil
Botz. You need to help the Deviants find various bits and pieces from
their crashed ship in order to escape. Using the traditional controls of
the PS Vita (e.g. buttons and analog sticks), the game comes into its
own with the innovative PS Vita features such as both touch screens and
even the microphone.
With so many diverse mini-games included in this title, it's actually a
mixed bag of good, mediocre and bad that of course is reminiscent of
just about every single collection of mini-games on all consoles.
However one thing that some of these mini-games hold over other titles
is originality. For example one such game is requires you to use the
Sixaxis motion control of the PS Vita to move your Little Deviant around
a maze while you collect stars and power-ups. Imagine it a cross between
Marble Madness meets Pac-man but considerably more frustrating as you
are forced to rely on your own reflexes.
Another example uses the rear touch screen to move the ground around
your Little Deviant in order to assist them to roll. It's quite a clever
use of the PS Vita controls as you move around the environment,
collecting items and trying to reach the exit. I think the biggest issue
with Little Deviants is that the developers tried to be too clever in
using so many of the features of the PS Vita. The problem is that the
controls do start to get annoying and if these were limited, it would be
easier to master the title as opposed to creating controller rage.
Another issue is that the camera angles do become a tad troublesome
which does effect the overall gameplay. For me however, the favourite
part of this game or games were the AR shoot 'em ups which did play and
look quite cool, although I'm so over Wac-a-mole games. It's definitely
an interesting collection that I'm sure younger gamers will enjoy.
Graphically, Little Deviants is a very colourful looking game on the PS
Vita with its cartoon graphics and wondrous effects. The characters,
even enemies look fun that does enhance the overall gaming experience.
Music is brilliant and quite addictive as you bop along to the tracks
and the sound effects are what can be expected from a collection of
strange Deviants from another world, especially the high pinched chatter
The developers did successfully use the innovative controls of the PS
Vita but unfortunately sometimes less is more and this is the case with
Little Deviants. The games itself are fun initially but unfortunately as
you progress, things become to get harder and it becomes quite a
frustrating experience. Now if only the game was more Pikman than Little
Deviants, we would have probably have a winner on our hands but for the
price, it's still a great way to showcase this console but just be
warned... it comes at a cost to your gaming sanity!