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.
- 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.
- Poor checkpointing.
- No actual tutorial.
- Difficulty spikes.
- Help button would be nice!
- No voice work.
- Forgettable story.
- Only one control layout.
- No colourblind support.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Accessibility - 7/107/10
- Length - 7/107/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
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.