Review | 5-in-1 Arcade Hits
The clue is not in the name…
Format: PSP | Genre: Arcade | Publisher: PSN | Developer: Grip Games | Release date: 06/07/10 | Price: £2.49
Christmas already? Daniel Lipscombe is living it up with 5-IN-1 ARCADE HITS.
DO YOU have £2.49? If so, go down to your local Poundland and buy yourself a box of Christmas crackers. Once you’ve pulled them all, collect up the toys and hopefully you will have a sliding puzzle with a pretty picture of a tiger or a lion on it and some playing cards. Once you have solved the puzzle, won a game of solitaire and played a round of pairs… you’ll have experienced three fifths of this Mini PSP game.
In fact while you are surrounded by party hats and jokes, collect them all up and sort through them. “What do you call a man with a spade on his head? Doug” There you go, that joke was infinitely more fun than this “game”. Let us take a look at each of the games included in this compilation.
The sliding puzzle has to be one of the most annoying and lifeless games in real life, so why would anyone want to waste their precious battery life on this one? And there isn’t even a pretty picture of a tiger, just numbers 1-15, or at most, a basic cartoon picture. Then we move on to solitaire, the game that everyone plays while Facebook is down and the office is quiet. Again, why do we need to pay for this game when we could fire up Windows. To make it worse you’ll soon get bored of pressing, up, up, up, right, right, right, down , down, to place your card rather than just click a mouse button.
And so it goes on…
Here comes pairs, remember that one? Where you flip over cards to find a pair of matching cards. You can’t really complain too much about the game itself, it’s more the fact that this is an “arcade” compilation and there isn’t one driving game and there are no fag ends littering the soles of my shoes. So, what else do we have? Pool, which is far too basic to be enjoyable and an Arkanoid clone which, while fun, is overshadowed by the umpteen other clones out there.
It’s such a simple compilation, with simple games and a simple menu. But it’s all too simple, too basic and that sucks the life out of the collection. If you’re a fan of any of these mini games, then the chances are, you already own them. Remember those Christmas crackers you bought? Well pop on one of the crepe paper hats, sit on the floor and play solitaire with your wife/husband/life partner. It’s much more fun.
Seeing as this review has been so negative, I’ll finish with another joke. “What has one wheel and flies? A wheelbarrow full of shi…” maybe not, eh?!