Neopets Wand (PSP)
GI Staff / Mar 23rd, 2006 No Comments
Based on the popular Neopets website and franchise, PetPet adventures lets players select one of four PetPets and fight their way through monsters and enemies as they try to recover the Wand of Wishing. This action role-playing game has everything from equipment, swords, magic, monsters, quests, and 2-player dueling in Ad-Hoc mode.
The list of features as supplied by Sony:
* Play as one of four PetPets in this adventure role-playing game.
* Save Petaria as you battle through a series of adventures leading to the secret of the fabled Wand of Wishing.
* Delve into dark caverns, spooky catacombs, cloud plains and other mystical realms.
* Have your PetPet compete with others in the BattleDom.
* Battle other PetPets in Ad-Hoc multiplayer mode.
I was actually quite surprised by the nice visuals in PetPet Adventures. Each area in the game is different than any previous area and all have nice textures and clean details. Almost every item in the game looks different than any other item, so as your armor and weapons change, you can see the change on your character in the game world. The game also sports some nice lighting effects in dark areas with torches and flames, but the game does tend to slow down a bit when the visuals get a bit heavy. Rotating the camera, having lots of enemies around, or sometimes just walking around seems to drop the frame rate a bit, but never to the point where the game becomes unplayable. Every defeated enemy or fired arrow actually remains on the floor and items bounce around when touched or knocked around.
The sound effects in PetPet Adventures could use a little work, but they are decent. The music in game is a bit better than the sound effects, as the score changes with the different areas and cut scenes. While not exactly an epic soundtrack, it gets the job done.
Don’t let the Neopets name throw you off. This is not just some simple kids game. Petpet Adventures is full of armors, swords, bows, spells, quests, and monsters of all shapes and sizes. While the story itself isn’t all that fascinating, the action will keep you playing for the dozen or so hours it takes to play through the game. There is fun to be had in killing monster after monster and finding cool new items, but it soon becomes clear that a good ranged weapon makes the game much easier. One of the coolest items you can find are Petpetpets, which are pets for your Petpet. Each one will follow you in battle and will give you a bonus to your stats. While this is a good idea, the bonuses they give are not really all that useful. Unlike other action RPGs, you do not collect experience points.
Leveling is handled by fighting in battle arenas within different towns. For an entry fee, you get the chance to fight a mini-boss for a level. This quickly becomes boring, and you will likely stop trying to level as you realize good weapons will help you more than stat points will. You can quickly access spells and items from your quick belt, and with a little practice you will be able to swap weapons and spells with ease. I actually enjoyed this game much more than I thought I would. It kept me entertained for a while, in spite of its balancing issues and weak story.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
The main game will take you about 12 hours to play through. After you are done slaying creatures and collecting items, you can battle your friends in the Petpet battle arena by taking your character from the main game into the arena. The four different character types, however, aren’t different enough to warrant a second play through.
The Neopets license provides some cute creatures to populate the game world and the developers could have better used this popular website for ideas for the lackluster story. PetPet Adventures, while far from perfect, provides a fix for your action RPG addiction.
The simple and fun action comes together with the colorful and nice graphics to create a pleasant game for your handheld. Item balancing could be a bit better, as could the story and way leveling is handled, but these issues don’t ruin the game. If you are an action RPG addict, make sure to check out Neopets PetPet Adventures.