Young Thor Review
Young Thor box art
System: PSP (Minis) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Frima Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Frima Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: July 20, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The controls for Young Thor are very basic; you have a weak attack, strong attack, and a lightning attack. Some people may not see this as a good thing, but I really enjoyed the simplicity.

Young Thor screenshot

Overly-complicated controls can really hurt the appeal of a game, potentially taking players several levels just to get the hang of them. With these simple controls, it is up to the player to be creative, finding the best ways to strike at opponents while avoiding damage. Each type of attack has a special move; including an uppercut that knocks opponents into the air and a spinning attack that strikes all nearby enemies. Also, each attack can be charged for increased strength. Use these different abilities wisely, and the Norns will soon be returned to safety.

Young Thor looks and sounds good, especially considering the limited computing power of the PlayStation Portable. There were no voices for the characters. However, the game makes up for it its cel-shaded animated storyboard style that helps convey the story and engage the player. As I played more of the game, I grew fond of the way the game was telling its story. I now believe that voice acting would’ve done more to hamper the experience than to help it. I also enjoyed that there weren’t many cut scenes taking up unnecessary time. While the mythology is deep, the actual story of the game is pretty straightforward. Therefore, there is no real need for a plethora of cutscenes. They show up when needed, at the boss encounters to set the mood for the fight ahead, and I enjoyed that style of storytelling.

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Overall, Young Thor is a fun game with a decent amount of replayability. While repeating some of the levels multiple times to attain a high enough level to progress can be tedious, there is a certain satisfaction that comes with being able to smash the faces of those fiends that previously crushed you with ease. The sound and animation are solid and the controls are simple and easy to master. So hop onto the PlayStation Store because with a price tag of $4.99, Young Thor is absolutely worth picking up.

By Greig McAllister
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Despite the limits of the PlayStation Portable, Young Thor is a good looking game with smooth graphics and a fun animation style.
4.5
Control
Controls are solid, basic, and easy to master.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While there is no voice acting for any of the characters, the rest of the game sounds great and really helps to immerse the player in the world of Thor.
3.5
Play Value
Despite the lack of levels, there is a lot of replayability due to the need to play them multiple times, not only to level up and grow stronger, but also to find all of the pieces of Thor’s armor.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Experience epic side-scrolling action as you fight your way through 16 levels in search of the three Norns as Young Thor, the mighty god of thunder.
  • Enjoy stunning animation and epic sound that will immerse you into the game as you fight to save the nine worlds from the nefarious plot of Hel.
  • Collect legendary treasure that will complete the armor of Thor, granting him the power to save Yggdrasil, the world tree, from certain doom.


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