Review: Keen: One Girl Army (Steam)

Keen: One Girl Army is a sliding puzzle game with turn-by-turn tactical combat and a hint of adventure!​ Guide Kim, a grumpy little girl raised by her grandmother on a journey to stop an evil secret society from destroying her village.

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 1240mb Download size.
  • Neon lighting presentation.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics-GFX quality, resolution, and v-sync.
  • Puzzle gameplay.
  • Game-slide around and attack enemies, trigger doors, and interact with people. The walls and objects stop you.
  • Learn new moves as you progress like cross swipe, circular attacks, etc.
  • Map to show where and what to do in a level.
  • World map level select.
  • The orbs-each level has 3 orb missions like finish level, take no damage, do the level in X amount of moves. These orbs unlock secret/future levels.
  • Oriental theme soundtrack.
  • Very simple easy to learn controls.
  • 8 moves in total to learn and are cataloged in the menu so you can check what you have.
  • Map uncovers as you play.
  • Checkpoints in the level and replenish health.
  • Boss fights.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Shrines- use your orbs to unlock a shrine where you solve the puzzle to get a new move.
  • Satisfying aha moments.

Cons:

  • Poor checkpointing.
  • No actual tutorial.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Help button would be nice!
  • No voice work.
  • Forgettable story.
  • Only one control layout.
  • No colourblind support.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Keen is a game I feel I have played many times before, the premise is simple, slide around the floor and solve puzzles, the scenery will stop you sliding so it’s a giant slide puzzle-like what we had in the old days. Keen adds in a combat element with abilities and combos but I mean it still plays out the same. It’s perfectly fine to play, simple controls, a load of moves to unlock, and all that jazz. It’s just I felt fatigued after a few levels, the upgrade path is a slow one, the boss battles are a highlight but overall it’s just a nice game to play every now and then and not one I could obsess over. In short, it’s a fine game and tries to add a bit of spice but the story and pacing drag it back.

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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