Release Date: Fall 1997
System Requirements : Windows 95 ; Pentium processor, 16 MB RAM, 1 MB disc space, 2x CD ROM (4x recommended); 640 x 480, 256 colours, 8 bit sound blaster compatible card, Direct X.
*This is my first English game review
A certain game was left totally unnoticed by the Korean adventure community until one average joe of a gamer looked at the screenshots in the jewel case and said to himself "Isn't that an inventory?" Dumbfounded he was, because it was labeled in English as "The Power Action Game" (Yup, those were the words in print). The title also translates as "The One-eyed Kisser." Desperate for adventures, the gamer took the chance and actually got himself a 3rd-person comic adventure. Hurray~!The Power Action Game
The game labeling was misleading but it had its basis. The game had three must-do mini-games and they are uh... action oriented. I know some of us shun such 'unnatural cross-breed' and the jane/joe of an adventurer needs this fair warning sign. But before our fellow BAAGette/er grabs this title with mixed feelings like having greasy fast food, let me state that the mini-games can be done strategically
. I've had times when I had to the mindlessly press on the keyboard and mouse thinking "Woe is me~, when will this suffering end?" The mini-games can
be beaten by people less gifted with hands-eye coordination. Trust me, keen observation will get you through them. Story
Our protagonist gets stuck on Earth and his/her/its(oh, whatever) quest is to find the parts needed to fix his/her/its (I'll just stick to him/his) UFO. He meets a platypus who joins him as a sidekick. There isn't much else in the story and there isn't any character development. Graphics and Sounds
The graphics have a fair mix of 2D and 3D that blends well together. It reaches the standards for its time and still looks respectable for today. The highlight in the graphics area would be the flashy scenes after obtaining an item. This was very original and added well to the gameplay.
The sound in general was decent. There wasn't much music but it wasn't much of a loss. The sound effects were never awkward. The voice acting was well done but there wasn't much of it. Jam-Packed With Humor
Almost every click gives out humor and this is not an exageration. The humor ranges from whoopy-cushion to slapstick. The humor of "Fraiser" isn't what you should expect. The violence is far from mild. In fact, it's stronger than what you can see in Tom and Jerry cartoons. I'm quite leniant on this yet I was offended at one point. It is a matter of taste and this game has a distinct flavor. The Pros
The puzzles were generally fair. I enjoyed solving them most of the time. I liked the humor and the platypus was so~ cute~. Voice acting was well over average. The game requires minimmum English skills and there was hardly any dialogue which is a plus for the foreign croud. The Cons
Way, WAY too short. I played U.F.O.s for a little over three hours. Some players may see the ending in less than two hours. The game is thin on story. An incident requiring the use of drugs wasn't pleasing. The mini-games won't delight everyone. Did I mention how short it was? Final Verdict
The game played without glitches but the game requires display settings to 256 colors at 640 x 480 resolution. Otherwise, the game will hault in the mini-games. The game is not for everyone but people who liked Duckman or Creature Crunch would probably enjoy this game. I cannot say the game has shortcomings; they were a matter of taste. But the gameplay is short, very short. I recommend buying this game only at bargain prices. My final verdict is a B
. And may I repeat, keen observation will
get you through those mini-games.