Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Video game number thirty three: KrissX

Game review number thirty three in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "KrissX".

A few weeks ago, I heard about a game coming to Xbox Live Arcade called Kriss Kross. "Are you kidding?!" I yelled to anyone within earshot.

The Mack Dad will make ya...JUMP JUMP!
The Daddy Mac will make ya...JUMP JUMP!

I love those guys. I hope you can dress them up in different backwards outfits. Maybe it's a shooter like "50 Cent, Blood on the Sand". Maybe you chase after a school bus and try to catch it, so your teacher won't send you to the principals office.

Turns out this isn't actually a "Kriss Kross" game, although they did have their own "Make a video" game for the Sega CD back when I was in high school. I remember seeing that one and the Marky Mark "make a video game" at Sears (yes, I bought video games at Sears) back in the day, but I ended up spending my hard earned money on Night Trap. I heard they were going to recall it. Plus, I heard it had girls running around in nighties, and I was sixteen years old, so that was awesome. Actually, that's still awesome today (nighties, not Night Trap).

Back to the point.

This game is actually a word search game, hosted by an owl. I think he probably has a name and a back story, but it was scrolling by slowly and I hit the "A" button to skip it. Now I'll never know what his deal is. Perhaps he's "Owl" from the Winnie the Pooh books and since there aren't any movie sequels lately, he's hosting video games to get by. Perhaps he's the owl that used to lick Tootsie-Pops in those commercials and this is what he became when he grew up. I think VH1 needs to do a True Hollywood Story for famous owls now.

Anyway...the entire object of this game is to take a bunch of anagrams and make actual words out of them. If you speak english, you will probably be pretty awesome at this game. I speak english and was able to score 110 points worth of achievements in around an hour of gameplay. I was playing the "Quest" mode, which is apparently endless....so I don't understand how the hell that's a "quest". There is also a time attack mode, where you solve the anagrams quickly, and a "timeless" mode....where you have all the time in the world to look up solutions on the internet before locking in your answers. No, I didn't play that way.

This game is not bad, but it's not great. You know how guys used to say "I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers" when they saw a hot girl? That was a pretty stupid expression, because really...what girl would you be willing to sleep with, but not willing to let stay in the bed with you if she broke out some crackers? Anyway, that's besides the point. The point is this: I'd totally kick this game out of bed for eating crackers.

Overall rating: 5/10. It's average, but in 2 weeks, the only thing I'm going to remember about this game is that it's a puzzle game that did NOT involve a rap group that wore their jeans backwards.

As far as the gamer score goes...you achievement whores should love this one. As I mentioned above, I was able to unlock 8/10 Achievements in this game in a single hour. Not bad.

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