Julius Styles - The International Review
- Good voice-over from Wesley Snipes.
- Solid espionage plot.
- Bad controls mar the experience.
- Obtuse puzzle explanation.
- Constant long load times.
Adventure fans might find this fun, especially as it's a unique premise for the genre, but the game is plagued with a lot of problems.
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One might be forgiven for thinking that upon starting up Julius Styles, that they're playing a licensed game for an off-the-radar Wesley Snipes movie. Well it turns out that this happens to be an adventure game that features Mr. Snipes voicing the main character in short introductory cut-scenes before each playable chapter. Julius Styles works for The Assembly, a covert group of elite members who undertake missions of hacking, blackmail, and assassination in order to guide and change the world economy.
The game presents itself isometrically. Styles is controlled by touching the screen to walk around, and by touching objects to interact with them. Upon coming across locked doors or computer terminals, little mini-game puzzles will appear and have to be solved to progress with the storyline. These puzzles are fairly easy, but are made more cumbersome thanks to inadequate explanation of how the puzzle works, and some lack of response in the touch controls. Other puzzles require combining inventory and using said items on objects, something that should be second nature to anyone who's ever played an adventure game before.
The game also touts a moral choice system that can influence the outcome of the story. These choices range from how you treat characters when conversing with them to whether your gun is loaded with tranq darts or real bullets.
The game's look and animation is adequate. There's nothing special on offer here but you should never be confused about what can be interacted with and who's who. The sound is decent, and Wesley Snipes' voice-over do add some personality to the title character. It's just a shame that there's only voice-over during the cut-scenes.
Julius Styles is the first episode in a larger tale. While the story isn't bad, it's nothing gamers haven't seen before. Sadly the less than stellar control scheme, especially when it comes to most of the puzzles really hurt what would otherwise be a fine adventure game starring a notable actor.
DescriptionJulius Styles: The International is a dark, action-packed, adventure game in which you play Wesley Snipe’s character Julius Styles as he travels the globe carrying out deadly missions.
“The way to a man’s heart is through his family.” - Julius Styles
Julius Styles works as an economic hitman for the Assembly – an elite, secret circle of businessmen at the helm of the global economy. Leading a team of specialists, he infiltrates governments, businesses, and other shadowy organizations, and encourages them to make the right decisions – the right decisions for the Assembly, that is. And if that takes a little blackmail and the occasional assassination, it’s all for a good cause… Money.
----- GAME FEATURES -----
Play hard-as-nails hitman Julius Styles, brought to life b Wesley Snipes
Explore stunning, isometric 3D environments as you search for information
A full-featured, immersive, multi-threaded storyline develops throughout the episodes
Full soundtrack and SFX
iPhone and iPad optimized
----- TEST YOUR SKILLS AND INGENUITY -----
Solve numerous intricate and devious puzzles
Create improvised weapons from items you collect
Combine items to create new tools and access secret areas.
Use sensors to detect enemies
Hack into government servers and email accounts
Shoot to kill, or tranquilize to neutralize.
----- MUSIC & SFX -----
Awesome soundtrack adds to the tension
Brought to you by Lapland Studio, makers of "Lead the Meerkats" and "Lordi - The Game".
Keep an eye out for the next episode of Julius Styles: The International, and more meerkat mayhem in Kalahari Canyon Race – coming soon to an iPhone and iPad near you!
What's New in Version 1.5Faster gameplay
Julius can now run (double-tap)
New game tutorials in level one
New puzzle instructions and hints
Puzzle “skip” option
Numerous bug fixes
Game walkthrough available at www.laplandstudio.com
And… a new icon!