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Freakyforms Deluxe review

'Cause tonight 3DS, I wanna get freeeeeaky with you

One of the early 3DS eShop successes, Freakyforms was a hilarious little game that made use of the player's creativity to make some memorably mirthful moments. Released to coincide with the launch of the 3DS XL, Freakyforms Deluxe is a retail version that offers more than the download version did - not much more, though.

If you're not familiar with the download version, Freakyforms sees you creating characters called Formees by putting together various different shapes. At first you're only armed with a handful of shapes, but as you continue to play the game and create more Formees you unlock more shapes and different part types as well - wheels, wings, fins and the like - to make more varied characters.

Once you've put your Formee together, you give it a name, pick a voice for it (this part's side-splitting) and give it a catchphrase, then save it and - hey presto! - it comes to life before your eyes. You can then control it in an environment populated by other Formees, food, treasure chests and coins.

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Freakyforms Deluxe is essentially an extended version of the original game, rather than a sequel. If you've already downloaded the eShop version, then the first three or four hours of Freakyforms Deluxe will be a frustrating case of going back over what you've already learned, since the game assumes you're a complete beginner, even if the downloaded version, with loads of saved Formees, is sat there in your 3DS system memory.

An option to detect that you've bought the original version and transfer over the Formees you'd already created would have been a nice touch, but instead you'll have to copy your eShop ones onto an SD card before importing them one at a time into the game. Other than that, you're expected to start from scratch here with no shapes, parts, landscapes or other features unlocked.

Down In The Dungeon

One of the major additions to Freakyforms Deluxe is the RPG sections, which see you roaming through multi-levelled dungeons as you battle enemies. These are very basic as you have no control over the turn-based battles. Sure you can give your formee a special ability (which you can unlock in the dungeon) but you can't choose when to use it in battle as the game randomly chooses moves for you.

Having said that, the the dungeons are still fun to explore and collecting all the special abilities hidden in the dungeons can be compelling.

Freakyforms Deluxe presents an interesting irony. A game that offers more content and modes than its predecessor would usually seem like the sort of thing that would appeal to fans of the original, but it's newcomers who are more likely to get more out of Deluxe, since they don't have the frustration of having all their previous creations essentially wiped and having to start with the basic tutorials all over again.

If you're a big fan of Freakyforms and are willing to put up with this then you will eventually find enough here to keep you busy, but it's a big ask. On the other hand, if you didn't buy the eShop version, then we strongly recommend you ignore it and jump straight to this one instead, because it's still the same hilarious, bizarre platformer it always has been, just with more in it.


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  1. Smyrlie Thursday 26th Jul 2012 at 11:47

    I think I'm seeing a pattern emerge in ONM's scoring, that's three 80%s in a row. :lol:

  2. Domey3 Thursday 26th Jul 2012 at 12:03

    This looks interesting, but sadly I can't shake the feeling that i'm watching a Cbeebies cartoon :?
    ..seems a bit too child-like and weird, imo...

  3. DynamicPunch202 Thursday 26th Jul 2012 at 14:17

    I'm getting this. I don't mind going over everything again because that's what I have to do whenever I get a new pokemon game.

  4. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 26th Jul 2012 at 20:00

    Pretty good review,I might get it,if it's only £20.

  5. Pyron12 Friday 27th Jul 2012 at 07:57

    Pretty good review,I might get it,if it's only £20.

    ... It probably is £4.50 or £5.40 not £20

  6. Lumpyspaceprince Saturday 28th Jul 2012 at 15:48

    Don't know if it's worth my money. I love freakyforms but there aren't many new features to make this a must have :(

  7. Dertdood Sunday 29th Jul 2012 at 12:06

    Pretty good review,I might get it,if it's only £20.

    ... It probably is £4.50 or £5.40 not £20

    this is a review for freakyforms deluxe not the eshop one

  8. TomMc92 Wednesday 15th Aug 2012 at 17:20

    Im tempted to buy it as i missed out on the first game the extra modes seem fun too. As for this being on the eshop, it is! This friday along with New Super Mario Bros 2 and New Art Acdemy are the first 3 retail games that you can download. I believe it was £24.99 on the eshop.

  9. hannybananny0 Monday 27th Aug 2012 at 10:17

    £25 in GAME. Can't argue with that.

  10. EighteenSky Monday 27th Aug 2012 at 15:54

    £25 in GAME. Can't argue with that.

    It's about £16 online though. Online is usually cheaper if you can purchase that way.

  11. Ghostly_Shadeon Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 17:24

    A game like this means you'll be dealing with samey stuff eventually-still, having the ability to create wacky characters and sceneries (or even recreating them, as I have with the 6th gen starters) is undoubtedly quite clever. Bubbly Froakie in a Pikmin world, anyone?

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