You are Feeble, a chirpy character who loves his work. In the first sequence, we solve the riddle of the crop circles… Yes, this does set the tone for the game! Ok, so you love playing Asteroids with real asteroids and live ammo, is it any wonder you ends up returning home with a battered spaceship??
Oh, boy are you in trouble! After an entertaining, if long, intro, you find yourself at work and that is a mess too. Your mother has been on the vidphone again surprise, surprise, and your bike isn’t back from the menders. So, you embark on a confusing journey to go fess up to what you have done. That should be easy? For anyone not so Feeble yes it would be. But bad luck just dogs your footsteps as you plunge headlong from one disaster to another. Murphys law definitely applies to this character!
Its difficult to describe the game in detail without spoiling the plot (?) sequence. Suffice to say you start your quest around Metro Prime, a world run by the Omnibrain, who wants all his citizens to be happy and productive. Shame you don’t fit into either of those categories!
The game is a cartoon (of course), third person (now I know what this means!!), the interface point and click, so no keystrokes anywhere. Whoopee!! You have a handy wristcomp which is as capacious as Rincewinds Luggage and also holds the save/load/quit features so you don’t even need keys for that. As there are no keys used, the doing actions use a varied amount of mouse clicks. Right hand click once for look, twice for use, three times for use with. Apply your choice with a right click. Sounds confusing but your cursor changes into related icons so it is easy.
The game is stuffed with jokes, a lot of them kids humour ‘what on earth is a bungee anyway?’ some very logical puzzles and some very off the wall ones, such as the chemistry lab which took me ages to figure out. There is also an arcade sequence where you relive your childhood trying to pick up a furry toy with a grabber arm, yes we have all done it and lost repeatedly….. together with a frustrating exerpt from Simons puzzle box. Luckily I used to love playing mastermind, and appear to be a dab hand at Dwarf Balancing!
If you are in the mood for a light game, and don’t mind too many video clips, you will enjoy this one.
A bounce a day keeps the doctor away!!
Playing Sims2, Sherlock, Phantom of Venice
Reading Storm Breaking