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Twisted Fates Review

By , on January 12, 2011


Twisted Fates
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

Challenging levels broken in to bite-sized chunks. Two additional arcade-style modes. Unique character objectives.

CONS

Vertical orientation a poor choice for a platformer; hurts hands after short sessions. Awkward control responsiveness; jumping and firing almost impossible.

VERDICT

Twisted Fates tries to break free of the standard use of a portrait orientation an checkpoint based levels for most other platformers, but it fails to make a compelling argument for doing so even despite the slightly addictive gameplay.


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Every now and then a game crops up that serves as a reminder of how powerful it can be to break up a game in to short, challenging chunks. Those who have played games like N+ or Super Meat Boy will know what I'm talking about and while Twisted Fates by Leuvsion isn't as polished or as challenging as other titles, its unique style of platforming is served well by the bite-sized levels.

One thing that fails to escape notice is the cartoonish Manga-inspired visuals featuring well-endowed teenagers and quirky anthropomorphic characters that all feel a little too surreal. After being teleported to another dimension, the characters almost immediately brush off the bizarreness of their predicament and each set out to find their friends and to save the world they've landed in. Visually the game is interesting, if somewhat sterile and unrefined with its retro style, but the game's audio track does a great job of creating a grand setting for each zone.

What really hurts the gameplay is the strange choice of setting the game in a portrait orientation with classic platforming controls (left/right with a jump and attack button) and strange physics that make jumps feel like attempts at levitation as the girls smoothly glide up and down with no regard to gravity. Each of the three girls can level up as they fight enemies, earning new abilities in the process, however dying can come quite easily as the enemy AI is stubbornly pedantic about chasing your character even if a wall blocks it, making it all but impossible to avoid damage in many situations.

But this is where the bite-sized levels come in to play as each area can be a pain to deal with (especially if you're unlucky with the randomization), but completing each one only takes a matter of seconds, so dying is rarely a huge penalty.

Twisted Fates is ultimately a hard game to like, pairing odd visuals with a strange control scheme and quirky physics, but it's not afraid to mix things up, keeping the game interesting well beyond expectations; worth a shot if you're after a platformer that's out of the ordinary.

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Comments

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gamergirl193 3 years, 11 months ago

i have to say i dissagree with you on afew points. I've been jumping and fireing my way through this game and it is highly addictive! I must admit the portrait lay out is a little odd but what you call a 'sterylie unrefined retro style' I find totally old school and appealing, anyone who has played platformers on the snes will totally get the appeal of this game =) as for the 'manga inspired' characters, I loooooove them =) they are so cute =) I think anyone who likes manga and anime will like this game for that reason, its a personal choice if you like a games style, I don't think it takes away from the playing experiance, which is some very quirky puzzles solving/ action levels where you have to think ahead and plan tactics =) It's true also that the game might be lacking a little story-wise but its not claiming to be a mini RPG so I think we can forgive it. I didn't even think about thier jumping skills untill mentioned here and in hindsight maybe it is a little odd but again I think it adds another enjoyable element to the game =) Jumping a shooting I also had no issue with, alothogh I didnt always find it nessisary to do so and you can escape most of the game with out needing to, the enimys could be frustrating, especially those little camoflaged mushrooms!!! But all in all I really liked the game, and thought it was better than average. I would definatly be more inclined to call it a good game and would happily reccomend it to anyone looking for a platform game to play =)

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 11 months ago

This time I think its my internet explorer but in the Pros and Cons boxes there are no bullet points next to the Pros and Cons...

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 11 months ago

Sorry not bullet points, I mean hands