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Review: Cloning Clyde

I didn’t want this game. I really didn’t. I’ve planned out my Microsoft Point spending, totally blew that plan with Zuma and Mutant Storm, and did not want to buy Cloning Clyde. But even as I said, “Well, I’ll just stick with the free trial,” I was pretty sure I’d be sucking it up and buying the full version. Boy, am I sure glad I did.

Cloning Clyde, the sophomore Arcade effort from NinjaBee (the first being Outpost Kaloki X, the demo of which I found boring) is an old-school 2D platform puzzler. If you’ve ever played Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil for the Playstation 2, then you know what it is: an excellent game with brain-melting puzzles, and no matter how much you sincerely hate it, you want to keep playing. Because it is a fantastic game.


Clyde’s got some ’splodin to do

Cloning Clyde looks and feels like a game for the original Playstation. Anyone else remember the good ol’ days of Crash and Spyro, before Sony decided to charge you $599 just so you could change your weapon in real-time and beat a giant enemy crab upside the head? The menus are beautifully simplistic, and the presentation in all is a fine job. The game is absolutely hilarious, starting with the help notes in the training stage to the overall feel of Clyde’s further adventures. It’s all absurd and great fun.

The premise of the game, of course, is that a dim-witted fella named Clyde was offered $20 to be the test subject in a cloning experiment. However, something went wrong, and there are a lot of Clydes - somewhere around 250 - and the administrators of the test lock them up. That’s where you come in, as a Clyde, to rescue your bretheren. As a side quest, you can collect all of the cloned Killer Kenn action figures, and you are rewarded quite handsomely for your efforts. The final achievement you unlock is something else entirely. If you have a soul, you’ll grin from ear to ear when you learn what you get.

To aid Clyde in his action figure-and-clone hunting, there are DNA splicing machines in most of the levels. You can become Chicken Clyde, Ape Clyde, Frog Clyde, Sheep Clyde, and TNT Clyde. Each have their own special abilities and are absolutely vital to clearing the game, and most are a blast to use. Some, like Ape Clyde, are purely practical. Frog Clyde is a blast.


Very early in the game you’ll get a Big Head cheat to make Clyde look like not so much of a caveman

Levels go something like this: to solve puzzles, you will need more Clydes in a level. To get more Clydes, you can either free them from boxes or pipes, or you can clone yourself. You will need to destroy all of the Security Robots in a level, and then help all but one Clyde escape through air ducts. The last Clyde exits the level through a teleporter, and then you are given a score based on your performance.

The game runs for one training stage, four beginning trials, 24 main stages, ten challenge levels, and one final level. You’re awarded achievements for becoming certain types of Clyde, rescuing certain amounts of clones and cloned action figures, and clearing all levels under par time. While it sounds difficult, it really isn’t. I got all 200 points (and it’s my first game in which I’ve done so) in two days of playing almost nothing but this. However, now that I’ve beaten the game 100%, I do feel extremely fulfilled.

Once you’re done with the single-player, you’ve got four-player online and same-Xbox co-op and versus modes. Co-op involves playing the single-player mode together, and versus will pit you against your opponents, trying to defeat the others’ security machines. It’s fun for a while, but I can see where once you know where the machines are in versus, it could get old.


Marty McFly is a chicken

Now that I’m done gushing, I can nit-pick. First: there is almost no soundtrack. What they do have is good, but it makes you want the full thing. I’m getting sick of games assuming you’re using the custom soundtrack. Second, I’ve been glitch-killed about twice now, where I can’t move at all. Third, and finally, while I don’t mind the Playstation-y graphics (you’re not exactly paying for next-gen software), when Clyde carries an object it seems to go inside his hair. All nitpicks, but worth pointing out.

Conclusion

Buy this game. Now. I’m totally serious. If you only had 800 points to spend, do it on this game. It knocks Mutant Storm off my #1 Arcade spot, and does it well. You won’t be sorry.

Final Score: 9 out of 10 - Very Good (how do we rank games?).

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Comment by pmpboarder on 2006-07-21 06:50:45 | Reply

Good review. I agree.

Comment by TractorBoys on 2006-07-21 09:40:17 | Reply

Accurate review, this really is a very good game.

Comment by Jasonic on 2006-07-21 09:40:20 | Reply

Yeah. Great review. I also agree.

Comment by Rossko UK on 2006-07-21 11:43:54 | Reply

I agree, though I’ve never been glitch killed, nor have I noticed things going in his hair.

And what do you mean by “The final achievement you unlock is something else entirely. If you have a soul, you’ll grin from ear to ear when you learn what you get”? I haven’t finished the game yet, but are you talking about Mutant-Clyde? Since you didn’t mention that you can transforminto that (according to the achievement)?

Comment by Hoffer on 2006-07-21 11:50:05 | Reply

Mutant Clyde is cool. He is a combo of all the animals. So, he can jump, swim, fly and whatever else. He’s quite good looking too. ;)

Comment by Rossko UK on 2006-07-21 13:09:19 | Reply

When do you get that? Is it the final level?

Comment by Hoffer on 2006-07-21 15:37:29 | Reply

I finished the game and still didn’t have the mutant clyde achievement. So, I had to go out and ask how to get it. Someone said that after you get the par time achievement, it makes available the mutant clyde cheat in the cheat menu.

Since I had all the par times beat, I went into my cheat menu. Sure enough, mutant clyde was there. I turned that cheat on and when I got out of the cheat menu, I got the achievement.

Actually, I think you get Santa Clyde along with the Par Time achievement. I think Mutant Clyde comes with rescuing all clones and getting all Killer Kenn figures, or else there’s no reward for that :(

Comment by Hoffer on 2006-07-21 19:35:35 | Reply

I had the par time achievement and the mutant clyde cheat. I did not find that 25th level Kong Clyde. So, I didn’t have the win the game achievement. I also didn’t have the Santa Clyde cheat. Once I rescued Kong Clyde and won the game, the Santa cheat was unlocked.

SHUT UP HOFFER IT’S A SECRET :(

No, Rossko. You get it for clearing the game 100%. :)

Comment by Rossko UK on 2006-07-21 15:37:36 | Reply

It’s OK, I now know! And I know you’re lying!

Everybody:

http://wiki.xboxic.com/Cl...ning_Clyde_Strategy_Guide

Let’s work together to make our planet a better place!

It’s funny with this and roboblitz… arcade is starting to be unbelievably a must have … i love XBL Arcade… only 1 issue is i never have time for full games like PGR and GRAW arggg

Oh yeah thanks for reminding me. Expect some cool new Roboblitz info up in hurr this weekend :)

Comment by aries on 2006-07-21 19:27:53 | Reply

very nice review. its good to see someone stat something about the game instead of the potential of the arcade. im buying this this weekend, mayb even tonight, i love a good side scroller, ive just been lazy to go get a points card.

Comment by Hoffer on 2006-07-21 19:37:31 | Reply

I would say it took me like 4 hours to get all the achievements for this game. I still don’t have all the Killer Kenn action figured or rescued all the clones. I don’t get anything for that now, but I think I’ll still go after them.

:( Now I’m mad that I could’ve skimped on the figures and clones and still have all 200 points. SCORE LOWERED TO 8

…kidding. That does irritate the crap out of me.

Glad you all liked the review.

Comment by Abbas on 2006-07-21 20:54:05 | Reply

I wasn’t too impressed with the game. The controls are a bit loose and framrate should be atleast 60fps.

Maybe I’m complaining because I got a headache after playing the game for 20 min

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