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Miitopia Review. The Dark Lord is Coming
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If you’re a fan of Tomodachi Life, you might enjoy this game. Battle the coming darkness and be the hero that everybody expects you to be by fighting for Miitopia and retrieving stolen faces.
The entire game is based on Mii animation. The overworld is quite colorful, but in Tomodachi fashion, the background cartoon environments seem nothing more than rendered pictures. Your characters can move around and make gestures, and they can also interact with other Miis within the game. I did find that Miitopia doesn’t take full advantage of the stereoscopic effects offered by the 3DS, instead of producing a bland visual experience.
The first step is to select a Mii which represents you, and you can import one from your Tomodachi profiles, scan from a Nintendo QR code, or create one from scratch. I’ve played Tomodachi Life before and had previously customized enough Miis, therefore, I didn’t have to repeat the process. You can amend attributes (even those of imported Miis) whenever you wish.
The Dark Lord has descended upon the realm of Miitopia, snatching everyone’s faces and putting them on his monsters. You can choose a Mii character for the Dark Lord too. You then embark on a quest to defeat the antagonist and his minions through a changing role-play. You can take on different characters such as warrior, mage, pop star, chef, thief, etc. once you have been bestowed upon the divine power. Once you take up a role, you’ll be assigned a special skill, unique to the role you’re playing. Defeating minions results in a stolen face being returned to the owner.
Most of the controls are based on on-screen prompts, and since text input is necessary at various stages of the game, the Nintendo 3DS serves this function best. Most times you will need to tap the screen or simply move around, and even combat doesn’t require you to input any combinations other than following the prompts. The controls on this game are therefore quite effective for role-playing, with its elements of life simulation.
Replay Value: 3.5
This is probably a game I’d play a few times and put down for good. In retrospect, it’s not the kind of game that you should imbibe in one sitting, especially if you want to enjoy the character interactions fully. The game has several levels which are progressive and linear. I would have preferred if the gameplay was in sandbox mode, allowing you to explore the overworld and discover new things.
Battling the Dark Lord isn’t as vivid as I had thought, and I was a bit let down by this game. It is too linear and would serve better if you were left to explore the open world freely. However, assigning character attributes and seeing how their interactions are affected by them is enjoyable. You won’t get any combat here, and the blend of role-playing and life simulation doesn’t totally work out.
This was a good attempt at mixing two game genres, but it falls short of expectations and pales in comparison to Tomodachi Life.
Pros : Simple gameplay.
Ability to import Mii characters is quite inventive.
Cons : The plot is too linear.
Roleplaying and lifesimulation don’t quite mesh.
Replay Value 3.5
Average : 3.8
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