|The First 100% QuickBasic Game Review Magazine
Updated November 20, 2004
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"The best QBRPG ever is about a hamster? You better
For many years, the kingdom of Flanat was
a peaceful and isolated paradise where all the good-natured hamsters could
play in the castle grounds, worship their gods, and learn to be vagabonds.
But one day, Lord Broaste sent an army of evil hamsters from his kingdom.
While all the hamsters were asleep, Broaste broke into the castle and kidnapped
Flanat's ruler, Lord Hasim.
That morning, Bob the hamster notices that
something is very different about his home town of Flanat. So, he ventures
back from his Slime training and discovers the horrible occurences of the
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|Two things make
Wandering Hamster stick out from the rest of the QBRPGs in this list. First
of all, Wandering Hamster sports zany cartoon-style graphics instead of
going medevil with the landscape. Yet I didn't feel like I was playing
a cartoon game like the swarm of Looney Tunes games that are in the market
either. Every detail from the throwing weapons to the ocean is cleanly
animated. One thing I liked in particular was the attention paid to spell
animations. Some spells take up the whole screen and are an absolute joy
to watch, but at the same time the special effects take too long like Final
Fantasy VII. Very professional.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|What surprised about
Wandering Hamster is the lack of sound effects that ought to accompany
a game with the graphical detail that this game delivers. This would usually
be a calling for me to deduct a point, as a game shouldn't have a perfect
score in the sound and music category if the sound element is left sorely
Hamster's original soundtrack is just too good to ignore. The original,
mellow tunes give Wandering Hamster and his misadventures a hilarious and
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
|First of all, let
me comment on this RPG's layout. There are quite a few towns to walk around,
and every time you find one talking to all the people (or hamsters) further
the story. And there is a lot of humorous dialogue to treat you along the
The caverns and castles
are also laid out in the spirit of a Final Fantasy game and in this regard,
the game easily rivals Final Fantasy II in terms of its scope. While the
dungeons in this game take pretty long to pass, there is plenty of fighting
that keeps you into the game, instead of getting bored because the adventure
gets monotonous (which hardly happens to Wandering Hamster.)
As for the battles,
the various characters who join your party have their own spells and Spam
attacks, adding a deep battle element. Add some hidden items and a great
menu system and you've got perfect gameplay.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|A funny story! There's
something you don't see in QBRPGs a lot. The humor in Wandering Hamster
is very light, and it's not in-your-face. The animals going on an adventure
story is mixed with some light adult humor. I hate to say it, but this
is a QB game for the whole family.
of the story is also superb. Imagine an introduction with full-screen cartoony
art and music in the background. Then listen for some slapstick wit Bob
the hamster and his friends showcase can appeal to people of all ages.
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|Though it's only
a demo version the game already features plenty of antics and elements
that make it more complete than any other game out there in QB. There are
lots of items and spells to fiddle around with and discover, and there
are even some decisions you have to make. One part of the game involves
choosing a magical item that you will take with you in your quest. The
one you choose affects how your character's attack develops. And that's
just plain cool.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
|There are some puzzles
to solve in this game that won't be taken by simply advancing experience
levels. But there are some times where you have to train your characters,
since the difficulty of the enemies and mazes progress from easy to moderate.
The result is a charming blend of RPG elements.
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|Absolute fun! It
tries to be Final Fantasy, but instead of becoming another clone Wandering
Hamster becomes a memorable and fun experience! It reminds me of Nintendo
and Square's collaboration, Super Mario RPG (except you get a lot of Hamster
humor). If you want a more light-hearted RPG, you must download this game!
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||To solve: 8 hours Final Rating:
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out of 35 points
Highs: A long, involved quest in the spirit
of SNES Square RPGs with an original twist and deep gameplay.
Lows: Game ends abruptly after over eight
hours of solid play.
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