ReviOUYA Review #24 – The Adventures of Chris

The Adventures of Chris is a platform adventure where you star as Chris, a young, rather large boy who gets kidnapped, along with a few other kids and transformed into a children’s toy.  Chris is the only one to escape, and it is up to him to save the others by travelling the world and going to places such as Mexico, Japan, and Siberia, thus gaining new skills for his balloon form and powers such as fire to defeat the enemies and save those kids.

Graphics: 8.5/10

The graphics are very sharp and nice to look at.  The animations are fluid and very detailed.  While the sprites may have quite a good amount of detail, the backgrounds seem to lack it a bit, making them look simple, if not sometimes flat (only sometimes).  Another issue is the game itself is confined in a small box in the center of the TV, while it is not a big deal, it make you think (albeit briefly) why not use up the whole screen.  What makes up for the lack of detail, however, is the amount of variety per level.  Some times you will be above ground, other times you are below.  The levels are completely free roaming and there is tons to look at and punch.  The game oozes creativity and the look of the game shows.

Oh, and there he floats away!

Sound: 9/10

The music is very reminiscent of 16 Bit Adventure games, very pleasing to the ears as well.  Each stage has its own music and all of it is well orchestrated.  However the tracks are short so it may feel repetitive to those who are used to longer tracks.  The sound effects are all crystal clear as well, when punching baddies, popping in balloon form, or getting injured, the sound is clear and distinct.  Definitely adds life to the game.

Gameplay: 8.5

The game is tough.  It doesn’t ease up at any-time either, but this isn’t a bad thing.  The game has good challenges, and are fair.  You also get unlimited lives so you will never see a Game Over Screen.  This game is also a collect-a-thon where you collect marshmallows to get new skills, it is a nice addition to the because, as those skills may be optional, it significantly adds to the replay value.  There is plenty of humour in the dialogue between characters and enemies, and it certainly adds to wanting to play more.

Overall:

The Adventures of Chris brings back the days where Adventure and platformer easily went hand in hand.  The comedic dialog and with a story and set task also strengthen this game.  The graphics are nice and easy on the eyes, and the sound is no laughing matter.  The game is well done and deserves to be played by everyone who is a fan of the Adventure Platformer genre.

Graphics: 8.5/10
Sound: 9/10
Gameplay: 8.5/10
Overall: 8.7/10

Push The Adventures of Chris onto your OUYA now! – Free to Try $1.99

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