Sometimes a game comes along that really catches you off guard. I wasn't expecting this to be the caliber that it is. I was expecting something simple, and linear. This is far from simple and linear!
After just a few minutes into the game I found it stunning. It may have sprites and static imagery, but its done in a style and fluid movement system that makes it slick and awesome.
The world is massive, I'm barely near the end of what seems to be an endless world. I was half expecting a few areas, some bosses, and be done with it. However I just got into a new section, and now there are branches out everywhere, going to even larger and larger sections. It has these 'fast travel turtles', but I've only found one! So how big is this place?!
The music and sound are smooth and clean. Mesmerizing music that tends to change the further you go into different areas. Its not digitized crud that makes your ears bleed after two minutes. The sound effects are nice, and plentiful. Every different thing in the world has their own unique sounds.
Wanted to mention some other specifics for those interested to know:
- This game does NOT screw up everything else you are running when it changes resolutions! It is built right to handle resolution changes gracefully, which is a HUGE plus to me (cause I have countless apps and windows open all the time).
- The in-game interface is so-so. Klunky in the food and item interface where you have to keep 'paging' through things, instead of simply scroll. However it works for the most part, just a little clumsy. The actual controls of the character are done very well, with different methods for different types of people. The 'singing' pop-menu works wonderfully with the pace of the game too.
- My MacBook Pro is an older 2.4 ghz intel non-unibody model. Has the nvidia 8600M gpu. Runs the game perfectly fluid in widescreen with many other apps running in the background. Running smooth on a laptop makes this game great for trips or even on the side.
I highly recommend this game to all ages, and all types of people. I'm a hard core gamer at heart, but I absolutely enjoy this game.