Thursday, February 25, 2010

Video game number fifty seven: Lazy Raiders

Video game review number fifty seven in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Lazy Raiders".

Lazy Raiders is one of those games where you can choose your avatar as the main character. I had just purchased a brand new Force Unleashed Sith Lord outfit for my avatar, and was looking forward to seeing this in the game. Unfortunately, it makes you wear a stupid explorer outfit (which it also unlocks an avatar award for use in other games). I was kind of bummed I couldn't be the cool Vader guy, but I got over it and moved on.

This game is pretty interesting. It's a tilt maze game, where you move the screen around and your character falls or slides based on the angles you create. Think of those old wooden games, where you tilt either side of the board to move a marble around. Your avatar is the marble, only now you also collect keys, open doors, and eventually make your way to the center of the maze by tilting it around.

Aside from tilting the screen in one direction or another, you can also flip it completely over. This essentially reverses the playing field. Flipping the screen also has other effects. If there are torches burning, flipping it blows them out. It opens a gate or closes one. This makes for some pretty challenging gameplay. I found myself dying a lot while trying to flip, but I think that's just because I don't have the hang of it yet.

Overall, this is an interesting game. It's not great, but it's not bad. I think I could get the hang of it, but of the strategy arcade games I've played lately, Qix++ is still my favorite. In fact, I went back to playing that after I got done playing this one today. The more I play that one, the more I'm enjoying it.

Overall score is 5/10. Purely average so far. I wish your avatar could wear it's own outfit, and I wish the action was just a tad slower, which might make it more strategy and less twitch.

I got some achievements and here they are:

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