Before parting with my money, I like to read reviews on a game. I think that is a pretty safe assumption that we all do that. So when I come across a game that I think looks good and has a pretty awful review score, I often say to myself, “can it really be that bad?”. In the case of Eekeemo – Splinters of the Dark Shard, it really is that bad.
First of all, bear in mind that this game is currently only £3.99 on the PlayStation Store. There is a reason for this and when you get into the game, oh boy does it really show.
Eekeemoo – Splinters of the Dark Shard, is a third person adventure game. You play as Eekeemoo, a small Inuit chap, whose friends have been taken by the Dark Shard and you must fight your way through various undead enemies to rescue them. Eekeemoo has two swords for attacking his enemies and the ability to defend himself with a bubble shield.
There are four different levels to get through all as bland as the next. The idea is essentially to get from one end of the level to the other, defeating enemies and solving small puzzles on the way, all cumulating into a boss battle at the end. I say a boss battle, it’s not a boss battle, it’s just a slightly bigger enemy than all of the other enemies you are fighting.
This game has some of the most stale and boring combat I have ever experienced. Enemies will just run at you aimlessly, whilst all you have to do is hold down the attack button. Swarms of enemies will come towards you, that don’t pose any threat to you whatsoever. The puzzles aren’t really puzzles. Essentially all you do is a hit a button that is hidden behind something to move some spiky thorns out of the way. No real challenge there just like the combat. Both the puzzles and combat begin to feel like a chore after about a minute. I found myself running away from enemies rather than taking them on. I also found a serious number of glitches; the audio randomly cutting out, enemies floating around in mid-air, Eekeemoo himself just deciding to float around in the air too, to enemies no matter how many times you attack them attacks were just not registering.
When you eventually do rescue one of Eekeemoo’s buddies, you are able to play as them in the next level. This again is also pointless. All of the characters I unlocked were either slow or just useless in a fight. I mainly played as Eekeemoo and switched when I needed one of the other character’s special abilities to unlock a new area.
Now that we have established that the gameplay is just pure garbage, I bet you are wondering how this game could be any worse. Well, the soundtrack. I have not come across a game with such a repetitive annoying soundtrack. It is the same song over and over and over again. I had to mute my TV just to get through the game. Sound design isn’t any good either. Dull, lifeless and bland.
Eekeemoo- Splinters of the Dark Shard is just one game that doesn’t need to exist. Uninspired combat. A story that is not worth following. AWFUL soundtrack and sound design. The only thing I did like was the art style but even that was mediocre. Save that £4 you’ve got in your pocket and get yourself a pint instead. I definitely need one or two after playing this game.
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