One of the things we pay attention to at
Family Friendly Gaming is the migration of ports. When the Wii was first
released there was a flood of ports from the Playstation 2 to the Wii.
That told us something. So we are always keeping our eyes on where games
are going to. We were first introduced to Nyxquest on the Wii. It is a
WiiWare game. Now thanks to Chillingo it has migrated to the iPad, and
iPhone/iPod Touch platforms. This is a very interesting development.
Will this become a trend? Time will tell.
The graphics have a distinctive look to them. The various areas look good, and there is very little in the way of violence. There are statues of gods from Greek mythology. Not all of them completely cover up their bodies. So if statues of this kind of content bothers you - we did our due diligence. The flying and floating portions of Nyxquest animate way better than I was expecting. Apple obviously put together a nice little machine. Some may say they would hope so due to the cost, and I would fit into that camp.
The moody music orchestrates some interesting string instruments. I am not an expert on this kind of music, but it shines through on this game. In fact others here at Family Friendly Gaming would walk by and the music caught their ear. They wanted to know what I was playing, and what the music was all about. This is a neat aspect of this game that sets it apart from other franchises.
The iPhone/iPod Touch version retails for $0.99, and the iPad version retails for $2.99. These are more than fair for the amount of content. The levels are insanely long in Nyxquest - at least compared to most other games on these platforms. Sure it is a port, but a really good one. Nyxquest includes hidden items and areas at a common frequency.
Nyxquest includes various interesting concepts like moving blocks in a side scrolling game. Your character can fly but only for so long. Obstacles can be moved or destroyed depending on what they are. I enjoyed playing Nyxquest, however I found myself getting stuck on more than one game play iteration. This game made me constantly think about different ways of getting through. Other times it was a timing issue. Specific spots require flawless execution.
The whole false gods and goddess thing is going to raise some major eyebrows in many families. Especially when these fictitious creations help the player through certain spots of the game. I understand the connection to Icarus. It makes sense, and moves the story in an intelligently designed direction. The game play and presentation of Nyxquest are innovative, unique, and amazing. I would like to see more games using the game play mechanics in the future.
Family Friendly Factor: 57%
System: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
ESRB Rating: '4+' - 4+
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