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It was fun for a little while
on December 5, 2008
So this game has some beautiful graphics, cute little characters, a whimsical, fun, happy feel. BUT, it could very well lose that new game shine rather quickly, it did for me after about the first week. The gameplay is very simple, its a side scrolling platformer, you can jump, and grab. You have many options for costumes that you gain, and have the ability to really personalize your "sack boy/girl". You can place stickers on stuff too! The environments are really neat because they are all made of otherwise mundane things, but the textures and colors are really beautiful and look great together.
The problem with the game, for me, (I will get to level building in a sec) is that all of the characters are non-living beings, they are little pieced together creations, so when you defeat one, there really isnt any satisfaction gained, for me at least. The levels can get pretty challenging, which can be fun, but when you use up all your lives, you start all the way at the beginning, which is frustrating.
The multi-play ascpect can be fun and annoying, more fun for me, i enjoyed being able to help my buddy, although in some spots it really holds you back if your buddy isnt as good at the game as you are. All in all i think its a solid platform game for a younger crowd, but i am just not able to make a connection with these characters, i just dont think they have much life in them, which really puts a cap on my interest, and the game's replay value.
Now the big draw, building your own levels....
I built my first level, it took me about 12 hours, partly because I am anal, partly because half the time I found myself fixing things that either I broke, or just randomly broke in the level. There is an option to build with multi players, seems fun, its not. You have to mak sure that your buddy is right next to you otherwise the camera zooms so far out that you cannot tell what you are doing. So the process was slightly frustrating, but oddly fun, and a little addictive. My neice and nephew really enjoyed helping me build the level, making suggestions, and playing through to find things that needed improvement. That was fun, interacting with the kids, prompting them to think outside the box and be creative, this game is a good family time kinda thing to do.
Then the kids left.....I published my jewel....it wound up on page 16 or so when looking at all the available user submitted levels. So it hasn't gotten played much, which is a little dissapointing. Its not the games fault, but the bottom line for me is that I dont want to spend more hours building another level if no one will ever see it. So I will probably play this game with my neice and nephew, but I am pretty done with it on my own.
On the other hand, if you love building levels, and you find joy in spending hours and hours tweaking and adjusting every minute detail in your level, and are a social enough person that you will make tons of online friends, so that you can share your level, and therefore get more people playing it through your vast networking skills, this may be your game. Just be aware, there are currently some very upset people who have spent hours building a level just to see it deleted, or as the developer calls it "Moderated". Apparently they do not send you an email saying that you may have, perhaps, infringed on someones copyright, they just delete your level. It becomes unplayable, uneditable, you cant fix it and republish, its just gone. Also, there are somewhat frequent issues with the network being down, or very slow, this is one of my biggest gripes. There have been quite a few times I have sat down to play this game and wound up turning off my PS3 and finding something else to do because I could connect to PSN in game.
This game has a lot of value if you want to be able to play a creative game with your kids, or if you really like level building, it gives you a lot of freedom to be creative. However, if you are a casual gamer, that doesnt want to devote hours at a time to a game, and wants some quick platform action this may not be the game for you