Published by: SouthPeak Interactive
Developed by: Spidermonk
Console: X360 (Xbox Live Arcade - 800MS points)
When I first started playing Roogoo I realized that this is one of the most interesting games Iíve played in quite some time. While most puzzlers on the Xbox Live arcade seem recycled from older games back in the day, Roogoo welcomes a new and fresh experience to puzzle gamers everywhere.
When you start playing Roogoo for the first time, you may start to think that this game was designed for kids. The game is very bright and happy looking title that might turn off many hardcore gamers. In this game you play as a Roogoo. A cute alien that is one of the last of its kind. The King Goo Ė ruler of the planet Roo started stealing the joyful meteors in order to fuel construction efforts to build new and bigger cities. This turned all the good Roogoo into nasty Meemooís. Basically you are trying to stop the Meemoo from getting the last of the falling metors by stealing them yourself. While this game doesnít really need to have a story the producers of this game added one. The story is introduced at the beginning of the game and really has no effect on the gameplay or the enjoyment level you will get out of this game.
In this game you need to stack meteors by guiding them into place throughout the 45 stages. When you first start digging into the first level you may think this game was designed for toddlers. Well continue playing through the game, after the 3rd level you will see that this game is not cake. You are guaranteed to fail after the first few levels and really try to step up your game. You see this game adds new things to the mix after every few levels you complete. At the beginning of the game you only need to worry about 3 shapes, after 3 levels they introduce a new shape making you frantically swing your table around trying to put all the shapes in place. Just when you thought that was tough, they will add Meemooís that block your path down to the goal, where you will have to use precise quick drops to kill them. Then after that nightmare they will start getting happy butterflies that will reverse your whole train of stacking blocks by making the gameplay backwards.
Cute - but awesome! Stack those blocks!
This game will kick your ass, you will think you are awesome, and then it slaps you in the face with new and exciting challenges. Thatís exactly why this game is so fresh and awesome. It wonít get repetitive for boring, and will always keep you on the edge of your seat. Once you finally think youíre getting good, you can try to complete all the levels over again in under the par time. There are lots of options to have fun with in this game; you will want to replay the levels for not only the achievements but to test your skills.
Lastly, this game offers Local and Xbox Live multiplayer to test your skills against others. This can be a blast especially if youíre both among the same skill level. I found it to be almost as fun as Tetris DS was when I first played it online. The game offers leadboards to check your skills amongst other players to keep you trying for the best. I honestly can say this game is as much fun as tetris DS. I love it; it adds a whole new dimension to falling-block puzzlers.
The graphics are Cute and artsy, very vibrant and colourful. The level backgrounds change, but will not really seem outstanding or stick out in any way. While the graphics donít really offer anything new to the table, they just look good for this style of game. It may seem kiddy to you, but donít fear you will get over it soon enough.
Damn butterfly made it go backwards!
There is some framerate issues though near the end of the games levels, because it gets so frantic. Donít worry though, it wonít affect your speed dearly and you will still have a blast.
Is this game worth the 800 Microsoft points stump? I would say defiantly. I love this game. It is the best puzzler Iíve played on the Xbox live arcade to date. Having 45 stages all multiplayer compatible, each with their own time to beat whatís not to love? Every level adds different dimensions over time so it will remain fun, rewarding and exciting to play. This is a must own for puzzlers and anyone who is searching for the next best XBLA game.
10 = Masterpiece
Not all games are perfect, but a 10 comes close and is something very speical and rare - It is without a doubt a must buy regardless of what genre's you like.
9.5 - 9.9 = Increadible
Titles that get in this score range are fantastic achievements in design, gameplay, and story - usually all of the above. These are titles at the top of their field and are worhtly of your hard earned dollars.
9.0 - 9.4 = Outstanding
If a game gets in this range you know that it is a worthwhile experiance with only a few minor flaws. If you are the least bit interested in the series/genre it is recommended for a buy.
8.0 - 8.9 = Great
A strong gaming experiance that misses some key elements in a few areas. While still highly recommended for a buy, if you are not interested in the genre/series these games could be skipped.
7.0 - 7.9 = Decent
A title that is still quite fun but has significant flaws which drag down the gameplay, hindering a good experiance throughout the game. Games that fall under this score are recommended for a rent or quite possibilty a buy if you are a fan of the series.
4.0 - 6.9 = Poor
A generic title that doesn't offer anything new to the table with obvious and serious flaws. Games under this category are not advised for a buy although you may be able to squeeze some fun out of them with a rent.
0.1 - 3.9 = Terrible
Titles that ensure a terrible gaming experiance. Do not buy or rent, just avoid them at all costs.
Edited by The Colonel, 06 August 2009 - 10:58 PM.