Excerpt: Console game development takes time, but action-platformer The Kore Game: Outvasion From Inner Earth has taken more than most. In the works for nearly a decade and having passed through the hands of three publishers and three developers, it has the potential to be absurdly polished or a colossal dud.
Pros: Zany humor, Clever use of the three-hero combo, Creative design near the level of Psychonauts
Cons: Odd, spasmodic storytelling, Fighting with the camera, One particularly awful boss fight
Summary: Don’t let the budget price tag or the lack of advertising fool you – The Kore Gang is one of the best games for the Nintendo Wii this year and one of the best platformers regardless of console. It’s been a long hard road for this game, but it’s finally seen the light of day. Unlike some other games that had a ten year development cycle and also came out this year, The Kore Gang is a fun title that you’ll have a lot of fun with even if you generally hate platformers.
Excerpt: There was a time when 3D platformers were some of the coolest games around. Titles such as Banjo-Kazooie , Donkey Kong 64 , Conker's Bad Fur Day , and Rayman 2: The Great Escape provided wonderfully diverse environments that just begged to be explored. Collectible trinkets were strewn across the lands, inviting players to seek out each and every one of them.
Excerpt: Embrace the weird. Ever had one of those weird dreams where you wake up in a panic and ask yourself, "WTF just happened?" You think back and remember being an action hero fighting off bizarre creatures, collecting fairies for health, and performing dangerous stunts in a bionic suit. It then quickly turns into a nightmare when you meet an alien who sings to you with corny rhymes, and you must defeat him in order to save the world. Then you wake up.
Pros: An imaginative wacky world, Challenging obstacles, Simple controls and fun to use, Lacking incentive, Camera is the biggest enemy, Repetition is the second biggest enemy
Excerpt: One day, an adventurous girl named Pixie climbs the side of a skyscraper. She almost reaches the top before a tremor causes her to lose her grip. Her climbing cord snaps and she falls hundreds of feet toward the concrete street. Luck is on her side, though, as she falls through a manhole cover and falls far below the surface, finally landing on the tiled floor of an underground research lab.
Pros: Three unique heroes, A story and cast with real personality, Great production values
Conclusion: The Kore Gang is rated E-10 with ESRB descriptors of Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Language, and Tobacco Reference. When you punch and shoot enemies, they just fall down and disappear when defeated. Reading skill is helpful for some of the instructions, and younger players may get frustrated at the difficulty and somewhat unclear goals. But if you’re OK with your kids watching Nickelodeon cartoons, they’ll be OK with this game, too.
Conclusion: Fans of the classic Psychonauts will likely feel some form of de ja vu, but The Kore Gang is no cheap knock-off. It's a game packed with imagination and humor, backed up with solid and varied play mechanics. Be sure to check it out if you're in the market for a platformer, it's most definitely among Wii's best.