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"[GAME] Frobisher Says (PS Vita)"

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Thu 08/03/12 at 15:20
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As soon as you see Ďbunch of mini games stuck together in a humorous mannerí itís hard not to make comparisons with WarioWare from Nintendo, but thatís exactly the first impression that comes to mind when you fire up Frobisher Says.

Except this game isnít made by Nintendo, or even on a Nintendo console. Frobisher Says is available on the PS Vita and itís free.

Frobisher Begins
Honeyslug, the team behind Kahoots, one of the first Minis on the PSP and a cult favourite, have instilled their mini-game compilation with a sense of humour that wouldnít look out of place at a Monty Python convention.

This smorgasbord of games impressively manage to use just about every feature of the Vita, ranging from using multi-touch to wake a tramp by plugging leaks in water pipes to calling out Frobisherís name in different ways using the built in microphone.

Finding Frobisher
With 50 or so mini-games available (including the 15 that are included in the Super Fun Pack for a little under £2) there are bound to be those that donít work as well as others. The PS Vitaís camera functionality becomes an issue in poor light as Frobisher waits for you to smile and the game keeps reminding you to find a good light source. Likewise, the back touch screen doesnít always register well enough to complete a task in time. These are far outweighed by the better games, though, which will burn themselves in to your brain through repeat plays.

Close Encounters of the Frobisher Kind
Everything is helped along by the unique presentation style and itís here that further comparisons with WarioWare are hard to ignore. While many of the games are bright and colourful, most ensure that the action is not over-complicated by introducing plain backgrounds and child-like drawings. Honeyslug have still managed to add their mark in even the most simple of graphical displays, with nods to the main character even while heís absent from the game.

Sound presentation is just as pleasing. Bill Bailey fans may recognise the tones of comedian Kevin Eldon as the voice of Frobisher and he brings certain quirkiness to the game beyond anything the graphics can achieve. He can somehow manage funny, quirky and downright creepy all in the space of one sentence.

Frobisher Gump
The one area where Frobisher Says falls down is in its simplicity. While built as a game thatís quick to get into and perfect for an impromptu handheld session it has very little in the way of structure. The game keeps a track of the mini-games youíve come across and how many times youíve played them, but sadly wonít unlock them for individual play. The only choice is whether you choose to do the missions timed or untimed. Placing the mini-games in to sets that could be played individually (camera and AR games, touch games etc) would be a start.

Final Frobisher
Sony are obviously aiming for the cheap and casual market and yet, despite the lack of cost, this feels more than just a typical iPhone style game. In content it sits somewhere in the middle between fully featured and casual, but Honeyslugís humour and the presentation raise Frobisher Says up and make it a title that will see many more plays.

8/10
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Thu 08/03/12 at 15:20
Moderator
"possibly impossible"
Posts: 24,985
As soon as you see Ďbunch of mini games stuck together in a humorous mannerí itís hard not to make comparisons with WarioWare from Nintendo, but thatís exactly the first impression that comes to mind when you fire up Frobisher Says.

Except this game isnít made by Nintendo, or even on a Nintendo console. Frobisher Says is available on the PS Vita and itís free.

Frobisher Begins
Honeyslug, the team behind Kahoots, one of the first Minis on the PSP and a cult favourite, have instilled their mini-game compilation with a sense of humour that wouldnít look out of place at a Monty Python convention.

This smorgasbord of games impressively manage to use just about every feature of the Vita, ranging from using multi-touch to wake a tramp by plugging leaks in water pipes to calling out Frobisherís name in different ways using the built in microphone.

Finding Frobisher
With 50 or so mini-games available (including the 15 that are included in the Super Fun Pack for a little under £2) there are bound to be those that donít work as well as others. The PS Vitaís camera functionality becomes an issue in poor light as Frobisher waits for you to smile and the game keeps reminding you to find a good light source. Likewise, the back touch screen doesnít always register well enough to complete a task in time. These are far outweighed by the better games, though, which will burn themselves in to your brain through repeat plays.

Close Encounters of the Frobisher Kind
Everything is helped along by the unique presentation style and itís here that further comparisons with WarioWare are hard to ignore. While many of the games are bright and colourful, most ensure that the action is not over-complicated by introducing plain backgrounds and child-like drawings. Honeyslug have still managed to add their mark in even the most simple of graphical displays, with nods to the main character even while heís absent from the game.

Sound presentation is just as pleasing. Bill Bailey fans may recognise the tones of comedian Kevin Eldon as the voice of Frobisher and he brings certain quirkiness to the game beyond anything the graphics can achieve. He can somehow manage funny, quirky and downright creepy all in the space of one sentence.

Frobisher Gump
The one area where Frobisher Says falls down is in its simplicity. While built as a game thatís quick to get into and perfect for an impromptu handheld session it has very little in the way of structure. The game keeps a track of the mini-games youíve come across and how many times youíve played them, but sadly wonít unlock them for individual play. The only choice is whether you choose to do the missions timed or untimed. Placing the mini-games in to sets that could be played individually (camera and AR games, touch games etc) would be a start.

Final Frobisher
Sony are obviously aiming for the cheap and casual market and yet, despite the lack of cost, this feels more than just a typical iPhone style game. In content it sits somewhere in the middle between fully featured and casual, but Honeyslugís humour and the presentation raise Frobisher Says up and make it a title that will see many more plays.

8/10

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