|System: Xbox 360, PS3*|
|Release: April 11, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Cartoon Violence, Language, Suggestive Themes|
Of course, these sacrifices aren't necessarily a bad thing, as a third of your final score is derived from different methods of execution. There are eight ways to die, which includes being drowned, sliced, squashed, burnt, flung, exploded, skewered, and melted. If you want to spare yourself, you can be completely maniacal and toss one your companions to its death instead, watching it writhe in pain briefly before evaporating. It may seem inhumane, but since your buddies poof back into formation after a few seconds, it's worth the brief bout of sadism.
Like the visuals, the music and effects are a throwback to the golden days of side-scrolling platformers, although in the sound category it's a mix bag of odd but humorous voice acting and just plain boring everything else. The narration and commentary throughout the journey makes me believe the designers were sparked by another recent downloadable title called Bastion. However, instead of a cool, deep Clint Eastwood-like voice, the narrator sounds more like Bill Murray's portrayal of Carl Spackler in Caddyshack. The musical score sounds like it was taken straight from the old arcade hit Paperboy, and your Sour Patch army sounds exactly like Pikmin when thrown. It's nothing worthy of any praise, so hit the mute button or throw on your own tunes for this one.
When I first began playing World Gone Sour, I was disappointed with the technical flaws of the game. But as I progressed, it started to stick to me like the wet gummy I was controlling. Perhaps it's the hilarious product branding, or the ability to send Sour Patch Kids to their doom, or maybe it's the fact that this simple adventure is only five bucks. It's not going to win any awards, the dark humor may be a turnoff to some, and it doesn't do anything drastically new, but it's a fun diversion nonetheless, and worth five Washington's if you've grown tired of your high-priced picks.
Date: April 25, 2012