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Brought to us from Blooper Team, A-Men is a logical strategy game. Not for the faint hearted, with old school style game mechanics with nice graphics. The game gives you multiple ways to complete levels. Never the same game twice as you experiment and try new ways to beat each level. This is gaming but how you used to know it! now onto the review….
- Rich vibrant graphics
- Easy simple controls mechanic enabling a pick up and play mentality
- Clever but devious puzzle mechanic that will leave you feeling stupid on more than one occasion
- Different characters with different abilities to aid you in your quest for glory
- Earn cash in-game to buy upgrades such as new outfits, more start out ammo etc….
- Completed levels are ranked on a grading system so tons of replay ability, not to mention the many different ways there are to complete a level.
- Touch controls are well done and help gameplay a lot. No cheap shoe horned gimmick here.
- Side objectives make an appearance, again adding more replay ability and more cash incentives
- Great game play mechanics, like painting mines, breaking bridges and turning the power off to elevators.
- Varied levels from the nice tranquil feel of the jungle to the frozen ice caps.
- Long story mode which is made as long as your skill level remains.
- AI can see you and charge at you way before you see them, usually due to them being off-screen.
- Difficulty overall is high, could be too high for some people.
- Button prompts for weapons/interactions can be delayed or the buttons change usually in the heat of battle, which usually results in wasting resources.
- Could really do with a full zoom out camera view.
- A hint marker system could help the more novice player.
In summary as long as you know in advance that the game is hard, you will get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I got a 3 Vikings/lemmings feel from it. From the careful planning to the execution the game really rewards the player for plugging away. Yes it can be difficult and yes you may well come close to smashing up your Vita, but the game has a charm that makes you take note, appreciate what you have bought. It’s defiently worth a try if only to play every so often, it fits the hand-held really well. I have seen they have now released a PS3 version enabling cross save, this could clear up a few of the bad points I had with the game. I’m going to keep rocking with it though just because I like the different ways you can approach a problem for a solution.