Chronovolt [ PSVITA Mai ]
As part of the opening salvo for PlayStation Plus’ expansion to the PlayStation Vita, Chronovolt received plenty of pre-release coverage. The lure of a modern take on the seminal Marble Madness, tailor-made from the ground up to show off the system’s wealth of control schemes, was an attractive bait. Unfortunately, Chronovolt displays a multitude of sins, which render its zero cost to subscribers a relatively moot point. Playing as a generic heroine named Jessica, you are thrust into metal balls called Chronospheres, and tasked with putting a stop to a menacing mad scientist’s corrupt schemes. To do this, you’ll need to gather energy (or Chronovolts), navigate short levels in an allotted time, and avoid enemies who’ll attempt to block your progress.
It’s a distinctly un-engaging scenario which serves purely as a backdrop. This would have been acceptable were it not for the game’s frustrating habit of halting your progress with ill-timed text-bubble conversations. It’s a shame, as the LittleBigPlanet-esque introduction teases an enjoyable adventure. That indication, however, is evaporated once the gameplay kicks in. While the graphics are serviceable, the movement of your mechanical ball is imprecise, the frame rate is inconsistent, and the levels lack polish. The title is also desperately glitchy. We encountered one example on the fourth stage where we had collected the requisite items and finished the level, only to be sent straight back to the start again. After repeating this process multiple times, the only solution was to start the game from scratch, which solved the issue. If that wasn’t bad enough, the game just isn’t that much fun to play. Its physics are too forgiving, allowing the Chronosphere to pass over gaps with ease. Also, simple actions that utilise the Vita’s functionality such as tapping the touch screen to destroy enemies or rewind time deny a sense of challenge.
Release Date : January 1, 2013
Publisher : Playerthree
Developer : Playerthree
Region : USA
File Type : PSVITA [ MaiDumpTool v233.2z10 ]
RAR File Size : 120MB