Mevo & The Grooveriders Review
Mevo & The Grooveriders box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Red Rocket Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Red Rocket Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 20, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The game has an interesting art style and nice backgrounds, but for some reason Red Rocket Games does not allow the players to adjust the game's visuals. This is a problem because you can't even adjust the resolution, so this can turn into a blurry mess for many gamers who have high resolution monitors. Obviously, there is no widescreen support either. It is disappointing because this has been an industry standard for quite some time now.

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Anti-aliasing is also disabled, so the visuals are full of jaggies. The maximum resolution is only 800x600. I hope Red Rocket Games will release a patch to address this problem. Fortunately, the music is very catchy; all the tracks were made specifically for the game. They were produced by live musicians and most of the music is very upbeat and funky, although the extra sounds that come from hitting the notes are sometimes distracting and out of place. The well-composed tracks will hopefully distract many players from the lackluster visuals.

Mevo & the Grooveriders is a fun and addictive game, though it is too short. The developer chose to cheaply lengthen the game by forcing players to replay levels in order to progress further into the game, and the addictive gameplay can sometimes turn into frustrating. The developer's choice to disable adjusting the graphics settings is a strange one because this game could really benefit from sharper visuals. This choice will no doubt frustrate many gamers, since I'm sure Mevo & the Grooveriders will not only be played by the casual crowd but by hardcore gamers as well.

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Red Rocket Games promises continued support of Mevo & the Grooveriders, so hopefully many of these issues will be ironed out, and maybe we will get some new content as well. The ability to use MP3s would be a welcomed one. Players can purchase the game on Steam for $9.99. The Steam version includes bonus characters from Left 4 Dead: Bill, Francis, Louis, the Hunter, and Zoey. You can also download a demo at www.mevoworld.com.

By Youcef Baouchi
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
The low resolution hurts it, but the game is very stylized.
3.5
Control
Very simple controls, maybe too simple.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Catchy original music, but certain sounds are out of place.
3.0
Play Value
The game is fun. There is some replay value if you want to show off your stats and if you like collecting items.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Personalization: Players can personalize their MEVO with 17 body sets, 23 headsets, and 6 dance sets, including customized avatars and costumes, such as Ninjas, British Dandy, Reindeers, Pumpkins, and more. Some avatar pieces/sets even have additional power-ups associated with them, such as score multipliers or invincibility.
  • Community: Mevoworld.com offers players a place to create and showcase profiles of MEVO characters and customized avatars. Badges can also be proudly displayed within the community, and the site will feature leader boards and high scores. When users share their own levels, the community will also be able to vote on their favorites.
  • Great replayability: Players can replay the game with many variables, including trying to acquire different badges, achieving perfect play through, experiencing all of the alternate endings, or finding all the power-ups, avatars, and dance packs throughout the levels. The game will also be updated directly through patches, unlike other casual games.
  • New original music composed exclusively for the game.
  • Simple gameplay that is accessible to everyone.


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