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NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits Review

Lovely puzzle-platformer

Despite WiiWare flourishing as a hotbed of quirky, interesting and very playable games, much of the stuff released is throwaway in nature. You'll enjoy it for what it is, maybe even a lot, but once it's finished that'll probably be it. There are too few games like LostWinds and Swords & Soldiers - games that draw you back despite being exhausted of content. So NyxQuest is even more welcome.

It's a sumptuous game, with Nyx, our winged protagonist on the trail of Icarius - he who got a bit cocky and melted his wings by flying too close to the sun. She's enabled with jump (A) and glide (Z) commands to start with, both essential to stop her burning herself on the scorching sand below. You use the Wii Remote's pointer as a 'hand of god', letting you fling fireballs at enemies move obstacles out of the way and chuck lightning bolts about.

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Nyx has five mid-air hops which help prolong her air time, and you'll be combining Nyx's graceful gliding with her abilities to solve puzzles which, truth be told, aren't that tricky. Every time you gain a new ability you'll find the nature of the puzzles you face changes to take it into account, and suddenly that level is awash with new possibilities.

Each of the 13 levels is surprisingly meaty, taking around 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Considering the quality of the visuals this is some feat. The mind boggles as to how Over The Top has stayed within WiiWare's game size limit. Granted, enemies are a bit naff, with only three types, plus the recurring Hydra boss, but then this is a puzzle-platformer anyway. The thing to understand is this: play it, leave it for a month and then enjoy it all over again.


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  1. chino40k Tuesday 17th Nov 2009 at 12:30

    The demo was quite good. I think it's worthy of a purchase in the future.

  2. Ai64 Tuesday 17th Nov 2009 at 14:10

    Fantastic visuals too. I knew this was different to kid icarus.

  3. weelouscotland Tuesday 17th Nov 2009 at 19:26

    I'm going to try the demo. :D

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