Review: Armillo On Wii U

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Armillo is a unique, fun rolling platforming game with a sci-fi parallel universe theme and features a good amount of varying gameplay elements. For one, there is the regular 3D world, followed by a bonus stage on the moon. Then, there is the evil parallel universe, and special 2D speed-run inspired worlds. Lots of unexpected deadly twists, and surprises await!

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Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics with some brilliant animations, Worlds look really good and all look unique and just ooze atmosphere.
  • Game play is a rolling platformer style game where you follow paths around the spherical world, kill enemies and collect orbs.
  • Levels are huge on there own but you can also find hidden parts of levels and unlock and enter little secret rooms.
  • At the end of each level,  You do an almost bonus level where you have a time limit to collect as many extra orbs as possible and maybe even find extra lives or health.
  • During the game you will find parallel levels which is basically where you play the level but with poisonous gas around and you have a time limit in which to escape. These levels can pop up as part of a level and adds a lot of pressure and hectic gameplay to the proceedings.
  • In each level you have an X amount of friends captured, You can free them by finding them encased within a glass prison by smashing the prison. The more friends you rescue,  The higher the score.
  • Controls are simple and you can spin, boost and jump around the levels. You can use the d pad or analogue.
  • You can pick up power ups like grow bigger and even a gun, This is cool as the right stick is used for shooting and in turn, makes the short section a twin stick shooter. Other power ups and abilities are things like explosives and explosive jumps.
  • Collect orbs in the level and this is your currency and used for buying items in the game shop.
  • Shop sells permanent upgrades, Increased life, more starting lives are just a few of the items you can buy. Less of a shop and more of a upgrade screen but handy none the less.
  • In levels you can find a special pick up that will unlock secret levels that have there own level select area.
  • At the level end you get a medal based off your score. Bronze, silver and gold is awarded depending on score, time completion and how many orbs and friends collected.
  • Has off screen play on the Wii U game pad.
  • Bonus cubes in levels that once triggered, Bring up a set of green orbs and must be collected in a time limit for bonus orbs.
  • You can use the accelerometer within the game pad to control Armillo.
  • Replay levels when ever you like.
  • Levels are presented to you in a solar system style world map so you go between systems and pick planets within them.
  • Five worlds to unlock and conquer.
  • Over 20 standard levels to play through.
  • Big epic boss battles.
  • That level count number more than doubles when you factor in the 20 plus secret levels.
  • Secret levels within there own menu on the map screen are retro inspired 2D timed platform speed runners. Collect all the orbs and get to the end within the time limit or fail horribly.
  • The game is really easy to pick up and play.
  • With multiple routes, The replayability of the game is huge and offers many many hours of fun

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Cons:

  • On the big screen, The game does suffer from slowdown a lot. Usually when all manners of crazy is kicking off.
  • No leader boards anywhere.

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In Summary, A great ball of fun. The game looks brilliant and is so much fun to play. Ii was a bit sceptical at first as the game looked very much like an open world game and when I realised it was just a series of paths I worried. Worried I should not of been. The flow of the game is fast, The controls are simple and the replay ability is high. You soon get caught up looking for every orb, replaying levels and finding new routes. Apart from the occasional slowdown the game runs really well. I just cant really put into words the fun you can get from this game. Easy to pick up but hard to put down. Indie games are coming to Wi U and the standard is high. Buy this and have no regrets at all.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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