Little Deviants Review
Little Deviants Box Art
System: PS Vita
Dev: Bigbig Studios
Pub: SCEA
Release: February 15, 2012
Players: 1-8
Screen Resolution: 544p

There is a little bit of a story here, but it's not much more than an excuse to throw a whole pile of minigames at players. The Deviants come to Earth (or whatever planet this is supposed to take place on), causing mayhem while being chased by an army of Botz and zombies. Scoring high enough in minigames will grant rocket ship pieces, which will help the Deviants get out of this crazy zombie-and-Botz-infested place. (I almost wonder if the developers borrowed the build-a-rocket concept from the Genesis classic Toejam and Earl here.)

Little Deviants Screenshot

The minigames are laid out on a cube-shaped overworld map that's a bit reminiscent of Mario Galaxy. This overworld is divided into various areas, each with its own theme and look. For example, Twisty Root Grove is a Halloween-themed area with a lot of zombies in its minigames, while Chillrock Gorge is a snowy wintertime area.

The game has a colorful and cartoony art style that's appropriate for a minigame collection, though it's not going to make you run over to your best friend's house to show off how great Little Deviants looks on the Vita's HD screen. The background and music also won't cause you to run out and sing the game's praises, but they accomplish exactly what they need to.

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At the end of the day, Little Deviants is an entertaining minigame collection, and it never tries to be more than that. It's certainly a lot of fun when you are still experiencing that warm fuzzy feeling after unboxing the brand new Vita, but I'm pretty sure that six months down the road, we'll be remembering the more substantial Vita titles like Uncharted and WipEout 2048 instead. Still, for Vita owners itching to use the handheld's more gimmicky features, Little Deviants will give you a pretty good sampling of what these features can do.

By
Josh Wirtanen
Editor / News Director
@joshuajwirtanen
Date: February 15, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
Quirky and cartoony, though this is probably not the game to make players excited about the Vita's HD screen.
4.5
Control
Little Deviants takes advantage of pretty much all the Vita's control options, and to great effect.
3.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The audio isn't all that memorable, but it's not annoying either.
3.7
Play Value
There are over thirty minigames here, but overall, the game probably won't hold your attention once you start playing the Vita's blockbusters.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Fun-filled minigames showcase all the interactivity features of PlayStation Vita, including augmented reality shooting action with Deviant Busters, or tilting and leaning your way through Gravity Cave with the six-axis motion feature
  • Work with the Little Deviants to boost your scores and move up the Liveboard.
  • Play alone or with up to eight players via Pass Around multiplayer mode.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Little Deviants - Vita Trailer - click to enlarge
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