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Genre: Action :: Players: 1 :: Released: 11/4/06

Wolf Moon Review

Developer: Rovio

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Great fun to play with multiple endings
Very nice graphics and great sound

Cons

The action could be a little more explosive
There aren't that many tasks

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

87

Graphics

81

Sound

90

Controls

93

Playability

92

Lastability

80

Review Details
Handset Nokia 6680

Anannya Sen’s Review

Review Date: 04/5/06

Another Rovio title that has a solid plot and an enjoyable puzzle element.


It's getting to the point where you can tell a Rovio game from the outset now. There's got to be some atmospheric music, almost usually a decent plot and engaging action adventure shenanigans.

In Wolf Moon you play the part of a female detective called Janet Cain that gets bitten by a Werewolf! On the normal mode you have just 40 days to lift the curse.

Graphically Wolf Moon is a bit of a new approach by Rovio. Previously all their games have been overhead perspectives with small but detailed sprites. To add to the storyline this game is in first person perspective so you can see what's going on in front of you. This has helped to generate a larger playing area as the different terrains require a specifc number of views rather than actual animation. Throw in some pics of characters you encounter and weapons you can fire / use and the mood is most definitely set. You can set the level of detail for the game's graphics and while there is no actual animation as such (although there is a bit of rain now and again), the look really suits the game. It kind of reminds me of the old Dungeon Master game on ST where you have a first person view and you go moving around the dungeon. Except that in this case you move around a forest type area and there is a definite horror slant to the game and graphics.

The sound is, as always, really good. The tune for the game has that distinctive Rovio sound to it and suits the genre very well but it sounds awfully like the sound for Darkest Fear. In addition there is what I term 'excitement music' when there are enemies that you have to face off against. There are also some sound effects (different tones mainly) as well as some eerie music to get the feel of being in a forest by yourself surrounded by creatures. Great stuff.

The controls are really simple. You can use the D or key pad to move Janet around. Up and down will move the Janet in the direction she's facing and you can use left and right to rotate this. 1 will allow you to look at your messages and 3 is the all important map button. The map shows you the locations you've been to and where creatures near you are lurking. The 7 and 9 buttons will cycle through Janet's inventory and you can use the main button or 5 to use what you have selected. In fact most of the time you can't use the items as they are denoted with a big red cross on them.

The playability is really good. The game is an adventure game with a smidgeon of combat thrown in. You basically have to go around exploring in order to fulfill a few tasks. As with all Rovio games the plot is the main driver and while it??s similar to Darkest Fear, it has a life all of it??s own. You have to deal with many things in the forest such as hunters, dogs, wolves and even werewolves! There are a few tasks to perform and the catch with this adventure is that you have a set time limit to do it. Each move you make on the map takes one hour (and decreases your health by 1) and you have a total of 40 hours to try and finish the game. If you rest then the game will save at that point and depending where you are you can rest for a total of up to eight hours. The longer you rest the more health you get back so it??s a toss up of trying to rest so that you??re fit enough to travel in case you get into any trouble and trying to finish the game within the time limit. It??s this added bonus, plus the fact that the playing area is largely unknown the first time around that makes the game much more fun to play.

The lastability is decent as well. The game has three difficulty levels and two endings that I know of. The terrain is such that it can get a bit confusing as to where things are, so I ended up drawing a little mini map of my own as I couldn??t finish the game the first few times. Then, once I had done this I was able to complete the tasks and get the alternative or full ending on normal mode. I??ve started the game on hard now as the location of items is random in the cabins each time you play. The game will save whenever you decide to rest so you can save as many times as you want. It also has the usual suspend and resume.

Overall, another really enjoyable outing from Rovio games. They are proving to be the masters of the horror adventure genre in the mobile market and all their games are engaging and atmospheric. Worth a look if you haven??t checked them out before!