Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pandora's Tower Wii Game Review Summary

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Released for Wii in Eu and Australia on 13th of April 2012.

Despite an online fan campaign "Operation Rainfall" to release the game for US audiences, no word to date of any such plans by Nintendo

The Plot
Your friend Elena is cursed, doomed to mutate into a demonic abomination unless you can free her from her horrible fate. Armed with the Oraclos Chain you must devour the flesh of the various monsters that inhabit the game's 13 towers.  You play as Aeron and pivotal to the game's multiple endings' is the relationship you nurture with Elena as you progress through the game. The monsters? Giant armored squid, fiery beasts and powerful pachyderms!!

The Scores
Released last May in Japan, Famitsu Magazines gave it a 77% rating, it's Western release scoring a respectable but borderline 74% on Metacritic, with the game's controls  and graphics engine coming under fire.

Quote of the bunch:
"Yet if at times it seems ugly, confused and repetitive, at others it's creative, gripping and wonderfully atmospheric. ." IGN

Reviews Summary
A true mature story of illness and love, a dark, and deep tale wrapped in old-school game design.
Some clever ideas at work here, but a lack of gameplay refinement and bland storytelling fail to make the most of it
Not as monumental as Xenoblade Chronicles but nonetheless you experience an exciting and moving adventure.
This a clunky action title – albeit one with a flicker of genuine emotion at its heart.
Clumsy it may be, but this is the perfect pick-me-up for Wii owners with post-Skyloft blues
With an identity of its own, some clever ideas and a well written story, Pandora's Tower can be quite charming
Pandora´s Tower is a game that takes its time to reveal its own charm and qualities
An average-to-good hack and slash  hobbled by some off the shelf RPG elements and ultimately tiresome - girlfriend management system
Alf the Helper: Hey mr.Elderly the Amazon guy is back again!!!!

(Elderly enters, delivers a well placed slap to the back of Alf's neck, then leaves...)

Alf the Helper: Ouchhhh!...What!!! What did I do!!?? right!!! well that's the last time I'm telling you about the Amazon guy..... jeescchhhhh!!!!

(Elderly re-enters... Alf runs for cover.... to be continued...)


Bickle77 said...

I think this is supposed to be the best game of the Wii's twilight months before the Wii U takes over. The Wii is dead, long live the Wii! I sold mine ages ago though. Regret it now :(

I'm off to devour some flesh... er... I mean get a beer.

Elderly Gamer said...

Indeed Bickle you are correct the last great hurrah for the Wii...

:( Sniff!!

The Wii-U will be with us before Christmas they say, but I'm having a hard time getting used to the idea....

..right you get the beer I'll heat the chicken nuggets....

Bickle77 said...

Ar yeah, chicken nuggets are my favourite! You get them, I'll get the beer and we'll prepare for a brave new world of tablet accessorised consoles!

Elderly Gamer said...

The games on the Wii-U will have to be pretty special for me to invest.....

(whistling as he prepares the chicken nuggets)

Ah nothing better than some chicken monster flesh, beer and....

We're missing something...

Chicken Wings... Check!
Beer... Check!