Ludo Game Review
The latest release of the video game “Ludo: Themite’s Treasure” is called Ludo: Themite’s Defend Detour. This is the third game in the series and the first to be localized for the North American market. I’m not sure that this is a very good thing, since most games have been localized before they’ve even gotten past their initial Japanese release. The fact that it’s now available in North America doesn’t help much, but let’s look at the game itself for its critical evaluation.
The theme is darker than the previous games in the series, even though the main characters are not. The setting is once again Egypt, and the game involves exploring ancient ruins, solving puzzles, and generally having fun. The storyline involves two factions, both of whom are trying to win the game for their own ends. Although this is easily solvable, you’ll spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to get past everything. If you get stuck on something, there is usually another character who can help you out.
You can pick from several different endings. The bad guy is always killed by the heroes, who then become the new Pharaoh. It’s possible to continue playing as the bad guy if you so choose, but you will lose all of your earned achievements and money. There are other endings, including one where the players are simply sent to jail. This outcome can actually be preferable if you enjoy the idea of being locked in jail, since it creates a different experience than the rest of the game.
One of the best features of Ludo is the multi-player battle mode. Although you only have a limited number of lives, you can fight against everyone else on the planet using only two characters. If you get tired or bored, you can switch characters mid-game. Also, there is an item shop where you can buy new items for your characters. There are no multiplayer options in the game, so you won’t be able to play with friends.
The music in Ludo is very catchy. The familiar beats will easily remind you of old arcade games you played as a kid. The overall sound effects are fairly good. However, the game could use some better text-to-speech treatment, such as using actual words for commands instead of just phonetic spellings.
There is a short introduction video that appears briefly while you are starting the game up. This video has nothing to do with the game, but it definitely shows what happens during the course of the game. After the intro, the game loads automatically and you have to select a star to start the game. The game is very simple and smooth, so you will not find it difficult to complete the game in a single sitting.
The sound effects are very nice and fit the overall theme of the game. The music is catchy but not exciting enough to get you to spend your time doing anything except playing Ludo. The characters talk fast, but it does not make them seem real. The special attacks of Ludo are interesting enough to make you want to learn more about them and even build your own private team of characters to do battle with. The graphics are fairly basic and do not really go above the average. The music also does not hold any special significance except to provide an enjoyable background for the game.
This game can be a lot of fun for a few minutes and then you are bored by it. I guess that is part of its charm. It is easy to pick up and play, but it is not necessarily something that will keep you coming back for more. It might get boring after a while and you may wish that there was something more substantial to this game. Fortunately, there is something more substantial and that is the ability to buy a virtual world full of Ludo’s friends and enemies to take on the game from.