Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Video game number one hundred and thirty five: Voodoo Dice

Video game review number one hundred and thirty five in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Voodoo Dice"

Voodoo Dice? More like doo-doo dice!

Actually, that's not true. I was hoping this game would suck, so that I could use my third grade one-liner there, but unfortunately for the world of immature's actually a pretty decent game.

Voodoo Dice is a little puzzle game consisting of a bunch of maps that you must navigate a six sided dice across. Some of this game involves rolling your die next to another one, and making sure the numbers on them match. When I say "roll", I don't mean throw the dice and hope for a random number, I mean you actually move your die around hoping that it will turn up with a six to match the six of the one that's in your way. It can be tricky at times, and you'll often have to roll the die back and forth a bit before you find the side that matches.

If the game was all about that, I'd probably be annoyed with it after a short while, but it's more of a traditional puzzle/maze game at heart. Bring your die from point A to point B, using all sorts of standard puzzle game devices along the way. Pressure pads (which you must push marbles onto), buttons that open and close doors, teleporters, etc, etc. Your main goal is to exit the level, but there are par (or "Voodoo") times to beat that make it incredibly challenging. It took me about 4 tries to beat one of the par times (in order to get an achievement) and I made it with only a second to spare. I imagine the rest are equally hard, but that people will probably post youtube solutions for them eventually.

There's nothing special about the graphics, and your "character" is simply a six sided dice, so there's not much in the way of a plot here. Still, this is the kind of game I could see playing on breaks at work, or maybe during a phone meeting or something.

Overall? I've only spent a brief amount of time with this one, but so's a solid 6/10. I may come back and update this review at some point if I spend more time with it, but I'm not sure if that will happen or not.

Achievements? 2 so far. The rest will come as I progress through the different worlds and beat par times. :-)

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