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Updated November 20, 2004
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The Secret of Cooey
"A fast-paced battle with some old-school gameplay"
Deep within the Coo Forest, there are three
castles containing some of the most powerful weapons the world has ever
seen. Your job as Cooey is to use the power of these treasures or to battle
with wits alone against powerful and cunning bosses. Succeed and the Wind
Spirit will regain her powers. Fail and every living being (including you
and your friends) will be posessed by an unknown evil.
To win, you will have to master the elements
of fire, ice, and lightning. Battle your way through the dungeons and discover
the power of each castle's untamed treasure; but be careful, because each
castle is guarded by a powerful and cunning boss!
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|Unless you've grown
up on Commander Keen and Duke Nukem, you're probably not going to appreciate
the old-school EGA style graphics in Secret of Cooey. While the game itself
is quite innovative the various levels are drawn very similarly, except
in terms of color.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|There aren't any
sound effects here, but Cooey does compensate by borrowing some tunes from
some PSX Square RPGs to give the Secret of Cooey an old-school arcade feel.
In particular, if you're familiar with Xenogears then your familiarity
with Cooey's music should come as no surprise.
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
|This is where Cooey
reminds me a lot of Nintendo 64's first RPG, Quest 64. Instead of relying
on stores and gold, Cooey uses a single town that branches into its multiple
worlds. Cooey has to beat each world, return to town, then converse with
the characters to find out how the story develops. Then he goes on to the
Battles in Secret
of Cooey are turn-based, and you can do anything from fight to casting
spells. Items are collected as Cooey traverses through each castle and
everyone of them proves useful though they aren't necessary to beating
the game. All in all, this game combines a lot of interesting concepts
and I found the experience to be unique.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|A game that plays
like an adventurous Final Fantasy with a treasure hunt twist. The story
is linear and will only develop if you do some hacking and slashing. The
way the bosses and elements are split up are obviously inspired by Final
Fantasy, but this mini-game's charm is in its finish. A great ending rewards
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|Thanks to an elegant
keyboard interface, Cooey is a short and sweet adventure with enough variety
to play quite a few times over. There is very little annoyance factor in
this game, whether you're battling creatures or travelling to new places.
Some of the color choices were a let-down and the enemy battle music does
get repetitive when you start gathering experience. These are all limitations
of EGA and music capabilities but that's all corrected in the sequel to
this game anyway. Besides, I never felt such joy storming through so many
castles, stealing the booty, and beating up the guardians who lurk inside.
the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
|The room layout
in this game was not meant to hurt your head. Secret of Cooey aims to be
a "mini-RPG" of sorts. The mazes aren't huge, the treasures aren't very
hidden, and the enemies progress from difficult to ridiculously easy. The
aspect of this game is more to enjoy the combat and enjoy the scenery.
But don't let down your guard, as the boss will be your real challenge.
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
liked the combat interface and the control was excellent. The game really
gives you the opportunity to play and have fun as your explore Coo Forest.
Speaking of Coo Forest, that brings me to my down point. I discovered the
long and painful way that looking in Coo Forest's bright green grass too
long can take its toll on your eyes.
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out of 35 points
Highs: An addictive play experience, that
can be enjoyed regardless of skill level from beginning to end. One of
the best of veteran Darkness Ethereal's games.
Lows: Some old-school graphics are nauseating
compared to the high-end graphics of today.
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