Choose your own ad­ven­ture

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

THROUGH­OUT the life of ev­ery games con­sole, mas­cots have played a piv­otal role in their suc­cess, and the PlayS­ta­tion brand has had its fair share. Crash Bandi­coot, Solid Snake and Lara Croft are just some of the stars in the con­sole’s early days.

A fresh cast of iconic char­ac­ters has taken over since then, that will no doubt be more fa­mil­iar to cur­rent gamers. These in­clude Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper and Bent­ley, plus Jak and Dax­ter, who have all pre­vi­ously starred in their own PlayS­ta­tion se­ries, though this is the first time they’ve ap­peared in a game to­gether.

PlayS­ta­tion Move Heroes puts you in the shoes of each of these char­ac­ters as you’re pre­sented with a col­lec­tion of mini-games and chal­lenges to com­plete and, as the ti­tle sug­gests, the wand-like mo­tion-sens­ing Move con­troller is your weapon of choice.

The game­play re­volves around se­lect­ing one of the three avail­able worlds, then an un­locked level within that, and then pick­ing a hero to play as.

De­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion and task at hand, some char­ac­ters have an ad­van­tage over oth­ers, as each has their own weapons, in­clud­ing a melee ob­ject, whip, bowl­ing ball, fly­ing disc and gun.

While these are far from ground­break­ing, the com­bi­na­tion of them through­out the course of the game make great use of the Move con­troller and its com­pan­ion, the Nav­i­ga­tion con­troller. Col­lect­ing jewels also un­locks an­other abil­ity for each weapon.

I did run into oc­ca­sions where finicky pre­ci­sion was re­quired, such as steer­ing a disc through mid-air and nav­i­gat­ing a bowl­ing ball around ob­jects, where the mo­tion-sens­ing felt a lit­tle too touchy, which proved frus­trat­ing. On the whole, though, the mini-games are well suited to the Move con­troller. There is also a two-player mode which al­lows a friend to be­come your side­kick.

Pro­vided you don’t turn to this game ex­pect­ing a full-scale ac­tion ad­ven­ture akin to these heroes’ past ex­ploits, there’s some light-hearted fun to be had, par­tic­u­larly for younger play­ers.

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