Release Date: June 15th, 2012
Developer: Smudge Cat Games
Publisher: Valcon Games
Platform: [Reviewed: PC]
Genre: Platforming 2D
Rated: E for everyone
Price: On Steam for $10 XBLA 800 MSP
Smudge Cat Games have done it again. But this time with The Adventures of Shuggy; a 2D retro-styled platform game about a cute purple cartoon Vampire named, you guessed it, Shuggy. The Adventures of Shuggy is available on both PC and Xbox Live’s Arcade.
The goal of the game is rather simple. You play as Shuggy and you must clear your mansion of all the evil spirits. The mansion is broken down into five different area’s, all of which Shuggy must venture, the Dungeon, the Boiler room, the Gallery, the Graveyard and the Clocktower. These areas can only be accessed by a certain number of keys which you must collect from clearing different levels.
To clear the level you must collect all the coins without dieing. So make sure you avoid those enemies, or “Nasties” as they are referred to in game. Nasties come in a large variety from Gouls, to wasps and even ghosts of your self so watch out. When you complete the level you unlock a key and subsequently more rooms. Although the objective is the same in every room they are all unique. Each room has a different quirk or mechanic. These include things like time travel, rotating levels, teleporting and much more. You will be prompted by a pop up box as soon as you enter the level of a tip about the quirk/mechanic present. This is very important in order to solve the level so make sure you read it.
The levels are set up to be more puzzle like forcing you to think about your moves in advance. So even though the game is very simple you will have to put some thought in and may even be forced to redo some levels a couple of times. This isn’t a big deal as you are unlocking more than 1 new level at a time so you will have different options if you get stuck. Personally I found myself a couple times unable to beat a level so I took a break and tried a different level only later to go back.
The controls are super easy and consist of all of 7 buttons on your keyboard. Initially it loads with W,A,S,D, Space, Enter and Esc. W being forward, A being left, S being back, D being right and the space bar being jump. If you want to exaggerate these movements all you have to do is hold the key down.
These controls are great if you are left handed or are use to playing PC games with your left hand, but for all you right handed gamers out there you may want to go into the settings and change this. To do so is simple just select the button you want to change, push enter to clear it, then push the button you want it to actually be. You can also change the Esc and Enter keys if you want. I opted to keep them the same as being right or left handed has no impact when using these keys.
There are 100 single player levels, plenty to keep you busy for a while. But if you do find yourself getting bored playing all alone try your hand at some co-op, only 36 maps, but sometimes playing with friends makes all the difference. Although I doubt you will be finding your self bored sooner, more likely later, as each map has a leader board. Once you complete a level you can click the F2 key above the rooms door to view your standing. If you are anything like me you will find yourself replaying the level to achieve a better time, thus a better score.
Overall The Adventures of Shuggy is super cute and fun. It is never really repetitive or boring. At times it may seem pretty easy but enjoy those easier levels because you are bound to cross a few that really make you think. Replay ability is there as you will find yourself redoing levels to beat your score and everyone elses.
The Adventures of shuggy is available on the Xbox live Marketplace for 800MSP and PC for $10.00. In my opinion it is a great deal for the amount of time you will get out of it.
Still unsure if you want The Adventures of Shuggy? Check out the video below.
Replay ability: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5