WOODEN SEN’SEY ★★★ 3 Neko En­ter­tain­ment, Wii U

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN& GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

An­other in­die game for the steadily grow­ing sta­ble on the Wii U, Wooden Sen’Sey has its own brand of aes­thetic and game­play that has just enough ap­peal to en­tice you to try it. Meet Goro, the vil­lage chief who is on a quest for re­venge on his en­e­mies, most of whom ap­pear to be black blobs. Un­like other re­cent re­leases for Nin­tendo’s plat­forms, Wooden Sen’Sey isn’t try­ing to im­i­tate the art style of the 8-bit era. It’s unashamedl­y mod­ern, with some nice graph­ics and a de­cent level of dif­fi­culty. There are nine lev­els to work your way through, with en­vi­ron­ments rang­ing from Ja­panese tem­ples and boats to the ocean floor. As you move through the worlds, you build on Goro’s skills, adding at­tacks and weapons. Get­ting the hang of th­ese new at­tacks can be both frus­trat­ing and fun, as some are far more effective than oth­ers. At­tacks can be limited, and con­trol­ling Goro can be a bit prob­lem­atic at times. It just all feels a lit­tle slow.

But as a quick play, the game is nice to look at and easy to pick up.

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