by Professor Layton
reviewed on WII
Itís Not Over Yet!
The wait is finally over. The third and final game in the amazing Art Style series is -finally- available on the Wii Shop Channel. Like Orbient and Cubello, Art Style: Rotohex continues with the trend set by these games and delivers an experience like no other. Combining elegant design, polished graphics, and pick-up-and-play controls like past games, Rotohex is easily at the summit of high-quality games on WiiWare.
The core gameplay of Rotohex revolves around creating hexagons from blocks that fall into a much larger arena. Sounds pretty simple, but once you are thrown into the game, things can get pretty hectic. Simply put, players use colored triangles to establish a vibrant mosaic of stained class. Triangles are constantly falling from the top of the screen at a steady pace, so to eliminate them players must group six panels of the same color and create a matching hexagon, also known as a HEX.
Once the HEX has been formed, it is eliminated from play, allowing existing panels to shift and thus allowing more space for future tiles. The concept is extremely simple to grasp but can be difficult to master. Players who enjoyed previous Art Style games will most likely enjoy Rotohex because the game maintains the same amount of enjoyment introduced in past games.
Getting in Control
The controls that Rotohex boasts donít exactly utilize the Wii Remote to its fullest, but get the job done fine. Since the game is so simple, it doesnít require all the buttons to be used. Unlike previous Art Style games though, Rotohex can be played using either the Wii Remote turned on its side or by using the Wii Remoteís IR capabilities. Though I prefer the latter, both control schemes cater perfectly to the gameís gameplay.
Graphically, Rotohex is a rather dull-looking and dark-themed game, but when you view it from an overall perspective, the graphics manage to complete their objective. The little sparks of color on the title screen and the playing field really illuminate the game. From an audio perspective, Rotohex serves up a healthy main course of addictive, up-beat, and unique music that seizes to amaze me. The Game Boy Advance version of the game, Dialhex, was known for its great music and boy, does this adaptation of the game put it to shame.
Sleek and Stylish
But the praise doesnít stop there. The gameís interface is presented in a sleek and stylish way that makes it look very modernized. In addition to this, the game boasts a decent multiplayer experience for two players, a first for the series. Due to the gameís pick-up-and-play type controls, anyone can pick up a Wii Remote and know what to do. All that they need explained to them are the objectives of the game.
Rotohex, unfortunately, suffers from a couple of minor problems, but in the long run, donít really hurt the overall package. For starters, an online battle mode and leaderboards are absent, as are the options to use a Nintendo Gamecube controller and Classic Controller. Though they donít affect the fun factor of the game, it would have been nice to see these things included in the final version.
Things Go Out With a Bang!
Whether you believe it or not, there are very few games that are truly worth six dollars, and beyond a shadow of a doubt, Rotohex is one of them. The gameís unique concept bundled with its very modern look results in a very stylish and trendy game. Like its spiritual predecessors, Cubello and Orbient, the risk of taking the emphasis off of the graphics and sound and unto gameplay has really paid off. Whether you are forty years-old or ten, Rotohex is sure to serve up a healthy main course of fun.
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