|Medieval Moves: Deadmundís Quest|
|Developer: San Diego Studio/Zindagi Games
Release Date: Out Now
Players/Online features: 1-2 local and online
In Medieval Moves - Deadmund's Quest being dead isnít the end, itís just the beginning of our heroís adventure... Evil Sorcerer Morgrimm invades Prince Edmundís Castle as part of his devilish plot to take over the kingdom. His plan includes raising an army of skeletons to act as his undead army. While trying to stop Morgrimm, our hero, Prince Edmund (thatís you that is) is also turned into a skeleton, and now known as "Deadmund" you must fight to save the homeland and defeat Morgrimm and his bony minions!
A game like this could easily have felt linear and aged, but thanks to occasional splits in the gameís pathways and controls and aiming that work well thanks to the precision of the PlayStation Move motion controller itís a pleasure to play. The cartoony, stylised graphics are well animated and Deadmundís castle is an excellent backdrop to the adventure.
Unfortunately we found that despite some effort on the part of the designers the on-rails game mechanic unavoidably starts to make the game feel repetitive after a while, and so they keep adding new gadgets and gameplay ideas. After the ninja-style throwing stars and grappling hook you get to light and throw sticks of dynamite (not sure about the chronological accuracy there, but weíll let that ride), balance-walk across tightropes, pick locks with a skeleton key and jump/duck dodge left and right to avoid oncoming obstacles. While the locations around the castle do change the cartoony graphics donít really make the game look varied enough, so the game seems repetitive in this sense too.
Medieval Moves is a nice variation on the Move games theme and going by the subtitle San Diego Studio and Zindagi plan more games in the series, whether Medieval Moves sells well enough to justify a Sony backing sequel is open to debate, I personally think not despite the gameís undoubted charms.
- A nice, family-friendly combat adventure variation on the Move Sports theme.
- Accurate aiming and intuitive controls.
- Co-op and versus modes.
- Gets repetitive before long.