First I’d like to start off by saying thank you for the supportive emails and comments I’ve gotten on the last podcast. I’m glad you like me, you really like me, and you want me to stick around. I really enjoy doing both the blog and the podcast and I’m done being bullied away from it because the He-Male Woman Haters Club thinks my vagina ruins gaming/comics/videogames. So, thank you all for your words of support and kindness.
Now, Where is My Heart? This adorable little 2-D platformer where you play three monsters who go on a hike in the woods and get lost. In order to find your way home, you have to collect hearts, and utilize the special abilities of each of their alter egos: Antler Ancestor, Bat King and The Rainbow Spirit of True Sorrow. The game starts out relatively straightforward, on one screen, then as you progress, the screens break into progressively more and more panels, which are arranged out of order all around the screen. There is some overlap so you can tell where you’re going if you move slowly. But you have to be careful because it’s easy to move too quickly and plummet to your death. Granted they even die cute.
Each of your monster alter-egos has special powers that help you to solve the puzzles. Antler Ancestor can jump really high, and turns the other two monsters into sprites that move with him, and whom you an jump off of. Bat King can “see in the dark” platforms that not only can the other monsters not see, they can’t even jump blind to unless he’s there illuminating them. An the Rainbow Spirit of True Sorrow, flies off of the panels and can re-arrange them so you can get to places that were inaccessible before.
The play is engaging even as the levels increase in difficulty. It is entirely possible that younger kids around 8 or so might be more frustrated with it than adults, or they may actually be better at it in that annoying way kids have of being better than grown up at so many things. But the puzzles are both difficult enough to keep you interested, but not so frustrating that you want to pitch the controller at the screen.
The gameplay is smooth. The different screens are cute, as are the characters. The whole game is kind of pancreas explodingly adorable. This is a seriously cute game. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I desperately want a Bat King plushie.
The game is available for download for the PS3 and the PSP, distributed by The Copenhagen Gaming Collective. I highly recommend it if you enjoy puzzle-solving platformers. It’s also exceptionally kidsafe.