The Magic Obelisk Review
The Magic Obelisk box art
System: Wii (WiiWare) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Game Arts 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Game Arts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Dec. 28, 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

While the main character of the game is Lukus, you're actually playing as Popo, a winged light spirit whose job it is to provide the shaded paths for Lukus. You will accomplish this by flying to various obelisks scattered throughout levels and shining light at them in such a way that you cast shadows that can be used to connect the already present shaded parts of the screen. Although this may sound pretty simplistic, and admittedly it is in the early stages of the game, by journey's end there have been so many layers added to this concept and timing has become so crucial that it can often be very difficult to both see the solution you need and complete it within your allotted five mistake allowance for each level.

The Magic Obelisk screenshot

You'll find three different kinds of obelisks in the game, each with their own unique properties. The most common are red obelisks, which provide heated shadows that can be used to make saplings instantly grow into trees and burn robot enemies, making them dash hysterically in whichever direction they are facing. Yellow obelisks harness the power of wind, allowing Lukus to be swept upward in these paths which can be used to cross over large chasms and water that would otherwise be impassible. Blue obelisks are perhaps the trickiest to use in the game, making ice shadows that Lukus will uncontrollably slide across at great speeds. These require some patience and precision to use because if Lukus isn't in the exact position he needs to be in, he'll wind up sliding directly into the sunlight. Blue obelisks can also be used to freeze robot enemies, providing a temporary amount of shade behind them or even a brief immobile weight on an unreachable switch. Mixing these different abilities together keeps the game's puzzles feeling rather fresh and makes you really think about exactly how you are going to make it from one shadow to the next.

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Presentation-wise, The Magic Obelisk is also quite good. The characters, environments, and music all mix together nicely into what ultimately feels like a children's story book come to life. Lukus himself even has a few facial expressions to help him emote; although I do feel that he seems a little too similar to Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in terms of design and his reactions. Still, The Magic Obelisk was a thoroughly enjoyable title from beginning to end. With over thirty levels, an interesting story, and a unique style of puzzle gameplay, I would honestly have a very difficult time coming up with a better way to spend five dollars.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The characters and levels look quite good and the cinematics are nice, too.
3.7
Control
For the most part it handles nicely, although, you will sometimes run into issues when trying to direct shadows and Lukus himself. Fortunately, they aren't deal breaking.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects can get repetitious but the soundtrack is great.
4.0

Play Value
For five dollars and having over thirty levels, you're getting a ton of game for your money. Plus, it's fun to play from start to finish.

3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Join Lukus as he travels through a light-filled realm filled with quirky creatures and spirits, trying to find the perfect spot to become a tree.
  • You can help Lukus by shining your light near the mysterious magic obelisks, allowing you to create and connect shadows to solve tricks and gimmicks along the way to each goal.
  • Experiencing meaningful encounters and partings, climb up hills, cross rivers, and traverse a vast desert, on your way to the very edge of the world!


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