Game Review: Craftimals
As a gamer I’m use to playing a wide variety of games. Heck if I’m going to be reviewing games I have to. From the fun to the boring, from the good to the bad. Game reviewers pretty much take the bullets so you gamers don’t have to. Now while Craftimals may not be a said bullet I can honetly say that after having played it you can just go right ahead and sit this one out.
Craftimals is developed by indie game studio Roppy Chop Studios. The game is pretty straightforward; you choose one of five cute little animals and you’re tasked with using blocks to build a way up to the sun. That’s it. That’s what your 80 MS points gets ya. At first you start off only being able to carry 3 blocks at a time. As soon as you get to the first checkpoint that limit increases and as you get to each checkpoint you unlock something new from hats to block colors (yes block colors). You can place blocks anywhere on screen though you can only move the block a certain distance from the character. You can also delete blocks in case you mess up or get stuck.
Playing this game for the most part was like watching paint dry. I honestly don’t know who the intended audience. If I was a five year old kid this game would probably be a lot a fun. I could easily spend hours building things and playing it with my friends. But I’m a grown man and there was no real incentive to build anything. I spent the better part of a half hour building stairs just so i could get to the next checkpoint. I didn’t even make it to the end. I lost any interest after playing for an hour. I picked it up again so I could have it fresh in my head for the review, but I don’t see myself playing this game again ever. It doesn’t help that there’s just one song the loops the entire time. It would’ve been nice to have some different kind of blocks or at least have a puzzle element to it, but all you have is a background waiting to be filled with blocks. And did I mention that when you run out of blocks you have to go back to the bottom of the screen to refill and then climb all the way back up to where you last left off? No, well you do so if that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will. The only people I could recommend this to are parents looking to distract their kids for a few hours. Save those points for something worthwhile. If I really want to be creative I’ll open up Illustrator while playing some Frank Sinatra
El Lobo Loco here, signing off until next time.