|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Gastronaut Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Gastronaut Studios||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 20, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The multiplayer modes are also a nice addition. I find a lot of value in a game with so many gameplay modes, especially when it just cost me ten bucks. You can play co-op with an online or local friend and even battle it out against up to three others in total jelly-melting mayhem. If your friends enjoy the same kind of puzzling challenges, the three different multiplayer modes (Fever Points, Emblem, and Volleybomb) can definitely become addictive. The fun wont last forever, but itll be a nice change of pace for those looking for new excitement.
The aardvark-like creature you control throughout the game is interesting. I cant say it struck me as cute or inspiring, but the ability to unlock costumes for it as you rack up stars makes it funny. Its obvious that the developers wanted to extend the experience by adding the character customization formula. Turning the guy into a cowboy, a mad scientist, or a Victorian lady adds a humorous touch to the otherwise slightly bland presentation. The game sure is colorful, and the jelly textures are fun to look at, but the chess-inspired puzzle board and the simplistic storyline in Action mode dont do much for the overall look and feel of the game.
The aural presentation is not award-winning material either. Simple tunes fit the themes in Action mode, and in puzzle mode youll pretty much hear the same music throughout. I like the melting sound effects and rewarding sounds when you match the pieces, but other than that, there isnt a whole lot to celebrate. On the same token, theres nothing to complain about either, which is a good thing.
This game wasnt extremely fun to start with; the steep learning curve after just the first couple of stages might turn some people off before they even give it a chance. However, if you stick with it long enough, you might find out this is actually a nice puzzle offering for an affordable price. Action mode is definitely the most fun, but all the multiplayer action and dozens of puzzle stages help to make Gel even more valuable. If you read this review from beginning to end, this game might be something worth looking into.
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