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Asterix At The Olympic Games Review

It's not just Mario and Sonic that are limbering up...

No, this isn't a sequel to Mario and Sonic's athletic love-in but a completely different Olympic based adventure. You wait for one bus and a load all come at once!

Asterix fans should be familiar with the 1986 comic book of the same name. Given its iffy steroid-centric plot it's no surprise to see the story rejigged here, but it's still well-scripted and amusing. It's just a shame that all the talk staggers the gameplay. The cut scenes are so frequent that 30 minutes in, we'd only managed to punch five pigs. That's a pretty low rate of pork abuse.

When you get there, the game is a combination of exploration adventure and mini-game sports events. How they're combined is pretty tenuous, exemplified in the classic phrase: "that door is opened by lighting three torches - the only solution is to enter the qualifying rounds!"

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The early mini-games are shallow and similar - not quite fun enough to want to challenge a real friend and only just enjoyable enough to keep you playing through the single-player. The most satisfying stuff is simply to explore, bashing Romans when they appear and buying new combos with the helmets you collect.

When In Rome

A flock of petty niggles distract you from your progress; from restrictive camera angles to the lack of an effective auto-save. The game makes a great show of saving Olympic high scores and you might mistakenly believe your progress is safe. Believe me, it isn't. Also, the game doesn't remember your initials, guaranteeing

that only the most patient or vainglorious player's high score tables will be filled with anything other than AAA. It's not game-breaking, just stuff that thoughtful developers sorted out ten years ago.

Asterix At The Olympic Games could have been much better with a larger selection of deeper mini-games. However, when you advance to the later games, there's some scope to play your mates.

What's cleverest, though, is how the two ever-so-slightly unsatisfying sides of the game, along with the interesting storyline, serve to draw the spotlight away from the flaws of the other. The net result is that Asterix, despite all of its faults, is a reasonably enjoyable game if you're not looking for a stiff challenge.


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  1. 13david3 Sunday 2nd Mar 2008 at 12:13

    don't you think its copying mario and sonic cus i do its just like it!!!


  2. uster dog Tuesday 4th Mar 2008 at 11:10

    so what did the ROMANS actually do for us :?: well lets all jump on the bandwagon and why not :D anyway i won't buy it :lol:.

  3. gsorko Thursday 6th Mar 2008 at 10:37

    This was released for a new movie and has got nothing to do with Mario's and Sonic's Olympic adventures.
    Having grown up in Germany I guess I am much more familiar with the Asterix comics and that may be the reason why I feel the game captures the "Bash the Romans" feeling of the comic books so well.
    I picked it up in France end of last year and have had a lot of fun playing the story mode since then despite the fact that some of the battles are frustratingly hard for me - but I agree there is too much talking at some points. Nevertheless, I am not sorry to have bought it.

  4. pppongi Friday 3rd Aug 2012 at 15:42

    i love astrix and oberlix (even though i can't spell there names right...) i have the comic and i am only 12 , but i have to aggree with you guys i don't think i'll go buying the game i already have mario and sonic so...yeah

  5. smash-brother Sunday 23rd Sep 2012 at 17:29

    It was the greeks that had the olympics!

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