Meteos Wars Review
Meteos Wars box art
System: X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Q Entertainment 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Q Entertainment 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Dec. 10, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

By playing through the game and accomplishing specific feats, you can unlock new planets and even "accessories" that dress up your onscreen icon. The former is worth playing for, considering that the planets' varying characteristics are what give this game so much variety. The latter, while some look flashy, are mere graphical enhancements.

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Meteos Wars also features local and online multiplayer. Local multiplayer works exactly as the single-player experience does, and each player can independently adjust his bomb frequency and turn off Planet Impact. Unfortunately, we tried several times and failed to find matches in the online multiplayer mode, in both ranked and unranked mode. A quick Google search reveals many complaints about lag so severe it renders the game nearly unplayable.

For a puzzle game, Meteos Wars has an extensive backstory. A meteor has run into a planet and somehow turned it evil. The two stellar bodies, fused together, began spitting out blocks ("Meteos"), which threatened to destroy neighboring planets. Some of those planets' civilizations soon discovered that by combining three like Meteos, they could produce a reaction that hurled the blocks back into space.

They also developed a substance called Metamorite, and this enabled them to mimic the conditions on nearby planets (this is why, in Mission Mode, both you and your opponent use the same planet). They set out in a planet-sized ark made of Metamorite, intending to fly close to Meteo, mimic it to gain its powers, and battle it. Unfortunately, as they fly close to other planets, they must ward off the Meteos launched from them.

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The various aspects of the presentation range from outstanding to mediocre. The music is on the outstanding side; all the songs have a definite space vibe going, but in genre, they range from psychedelia to hard rock to electronica. It is one of the best examples in memory of a game offering musical variety without straying from its unique mood and atmosphere, even if one of the songs seems to have repeated burping in it.

The graphics, meanwhile, are good, but far from outstanding. Each planet's blocks look different from every other planet's, giving a little variety in how the game comes across visually. However, there's nothing particularly stunning here, not that anyone plays puzzle games for the artistry.

The control scheme works reasonably well; they're the mediocre part. It can be a pain getting from one side of the screen to the other in a hurry, so it's not quite as intuitive as the DS version's controls were. (The XBLA title does have a few more features than the 2005 DS one, which was called simply Meteos.) Still, it's about as good as it'll get without a stylus, Wii-mote, or mouse.

All in all, Meteos Wars takes a fascinating DS puzzle title, slaps on a few bells and whistles, and plops it onto the Xbox Live Arcade. The title retains most of what made it a success, and additions like Planet Impact are a nice touch. On the other hand, the online multiplayer is a bit of a letdown, so in the end, whether Meteos Wars is worth your hard-earned $10 depends on how much you need a new puzzle game.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
It's no visual stunner, but it looks fine, and no one plays puzzle games for the graphics.
3.1
Control
The scheme works and is probably the best you can have on a traditional controller, but a stylus, Wii-mote, or mouse would work better.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music always sounds space-themed, even while jumping from genre to genre.
4.3
Play Value
Will prove addictive to puzzle fans.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Defend more than 20 planets, each with its own alien race, Meteos blocks, unique gravity effects, and visual and audio style.
  • Master four "Planet Impact" special attacks, Armageddon, Gambit, Sentinel, and Tempest.
  • Test your action-puzzle skills in a variety of single-player modes, including Mission Mode, Attack Mode, or Vs. Mode. Three challenges await you in Attack Mode.
  • Blast away your opponents over Xbox Live in Matchmaking Vs. Mode and become one of the best Meteos Wars players in the community. You can also go head-to-head with your friend in Local Vs. Mode.
  • Collect various accessories for your aliens by clearing certain objectives. Accessorize your alien and give it some personality!


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