making is the fundamental novelty attributed to Amazing
Island. Creating monsters of your own design is fun
but the gameplay is not up to the challenge of eclipsing
this designing process. In Amazing Island your monster
is all dressed up with nowhere to go.
at kids, Amazing Island has a great premise but it
fails to live up to its full potential. With the aid
of monster-creating software, you design various monsters
to tackle the more than 30 mini-games which make up
a large part of the gameplay. Unfortunately the mini-games
are button-mashing exercises that just about everyone
can live without. It would have been better if you
could design monsters to take part in a more focused
and deeper action adventure style format.
as either a young boy or girl. A magical book will
transport you to a magical island inhabited by the
Maboo tribe which is under attack by the Black Evil.
You're the only one that can save them by creating
monsters with the use of a special monster-making
first the only significant customizing you will be
able to perform on these creatures will be cosmetic.
With the aid of an easy-to-use interface you will
choose options such as skins, colors and accessories.
As you progress through the game you will have more
options over the size and shape of your monsters.
Larger monsters will be more powerful and smaller
ones will be quicker. There are hundreds of monsters
and combinations to choose from. A shop lets you select
various additions such as horns, claws and wings -
all of which add or enhance certain abilities.
can be created from scratch or through the use of
an interesting quiz which asks you strange questions
and presents you with a customized monster frame based
on your answers. You can then further customize the
frame to your liking. At first this process may seem
astounding but it's really as generic as a horoscope.
At least it will fool the kids for a while.
the more artistic gamers, monsters can be drawn by
hand using the editing software. If you're not handy
with a virtual pen, the Mirror Pen will help you by
making one side of your drawing perfectly symmetrical
with the other side. Once you have the basic outline
drawn you can customize the rest of the creature through
the interface. You can spend hours creating and tweaking
monsters. This is undoubtedly the most fun you'll
have in the game so enjoy it while the novelty lasts.
was not impressed at all with the graphics. There's
not much for special effects, the textures are blurry
and overall the creatures look like origami creations
(folded paper). The monsters look like a quilt that
came to life with a mosaic of unrelated patches. They
really look ugly and disjointed. The sounds are basic
and don't help to elicit an identity for the game.
Even the story is weak and hackneyed.
know this game is aimed at kids but they deserve something
better than this. It may be fun to play around with
this game for a few hours but after that you'll be
more than happy to return it to your local videogame