Thursday, November 18, 2010

REAL GAMES - ARDY LIGHTFOOT

Oh joy, another platforming game centered around a failed mascot.

Ardy Lightfoot is a fox-type hero that is on a mission to find 7 orb looking things.  He has to collect them before the evil lizard-type bad guy does.  If the bad guy collects them first, he will make an evil wish...I guess?  And that's all I can figure out about this game.  There is a short bit of text that briefly explains this at the beginning, and that is all you get throughout the entire thing.

Starting off, we are given a prologue stage that explains nothing.  Why have a prologue stage if it doesn't serve a purpose?  Why not just call that stage 1?  Did the developers not know what a prologue was?

Let me help.  A prologue is an opening to a story that establishes the setting and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information.
The controls are boring and simple.  Jump and attack with penguin thing.  If you hold jump, he will use his tail to make himself bounce higher, like Tigger.  Yeah, it is as stupid as it sounds.

Hey guys, guess what!  The audio for this game sucks!  Surprised?  Well, you shouldn't be.  It's a fucking generic platformer.  Mute it and move on.

Graphically, the game is decent.  The stage designs look good, and the very few sprites that the game uses look okay as well.  The sprites consist of Ardy and his pet penguin thing, the bosses, and the same stupid blob enemy.  Nothing noteworthy here, but good art nevertheless.

Gameplay is stale.  Simplistic platforming with nothing unique about it.  I never understood why I was collecting the 7 Dragon Balls rainbow orb things to begin with, other than preventing the bad guy from doing it.  There was never any real challenge to this game either.  Too easy with no options for higher difficulty.

Hmm...7 orbs that will grant me a wish upon collecting them all.  That sounds completely original!
Ardy Lightfoot was just one more platforming game trying to cash in on the "Mascots with Attitude" phase of the Super Nintendo.  And even though some of these mascot games proved to be fun, Ardy Lightfoot does not fall under this category.  I give it 1 and a half old men out of 5 for being bland as hell.  That's right, a half.  Games like this don't deserve a 1, but they sure as hell don't earn a 2 either.  Therefore, upon many suggestions, I will start using halves for situations like this.

At the very end it says "To Be Continued".  This is the only Ardy Lightfoot game to ever be released.  I guess we'll never know how this story deprived saga truly ends.

24 comments:

Copyboy said... [Reply]

Looks like a cross between sonic and the sevenUp spot game I bought. Yes I said bought.

Mr Bouchard said... [Reply]

Nice review but the video alone had me convinced that this is a pretty bad game. Well, it isn't my type of games anyway!

The Angry Vegetarian said... [Reply]

Never even heard of this game! The gameplay actually looks pretty fun. And the ending was pretty neatly done. I guess since I liked the ending and you gave it a 2 and a half, I don't ever need to worry about playing this one!

Truth Finder said... [Reply]

this game was simple and the animation is flawless with the jumping and running. not to mention the sidekick it helps alot. the implementions are great though. but not to appealing to the adult crowd.

SpringyB said... [Reply]

The video looks pretty smooth. I guess they put all their effort into the visuals and forgot to make a good game.

Digger said... [Reply]

i love how ghetto the game looks from the vid

Paul said... [Reply]

lol seems like you have more bad games then you do good.

Chuck McElroy IV said... [Reply]

Weird....

Nostalgist said... [Reply]

more like ardy on drugs..he just keeps smiling and smiling^^

Yakoi said... [Reply]

Looks awful, glad you played it so I would never have to. LOL <3

Apps Master said... [Reply]

Great review :) !

jura1991 said... [Reply]

i like your design..

arnyke said... [Reply]

great post! foolow you bro!

Joe said... [Reply]

i definitely won't be checking this game out lol

dee jey said... [Reply]

nic egame

Donkote said... [Reply]

doesn't seem like its too fun tbh

Astra said... [Reply]

Dragon Ball!

Gansita said... [Reply]

Hahaha that game could compete with Mario Bros, it has great songs‼

JVS said... [Reply]

I don't always agree with you, but your blog is great

Come At Me Bro said... [Reply]

Sweet game!

Dan said... [Reply]

Lol hell yeah. I wish I could traverse the globe in search of 7 crystal globes to combine them and get a wish... Id totally have a penguin partner too.

Longkid said... [Reply]

Looks like a good game.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

when i was younger i really enjoy playing this game, and i still enjoy this game, and i think the music is awesome.

this is a great game and i don´t care what you say.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

You look like another stupid guy who just stays online all day long talking bad things about everything. I played this game something like ten years ago, and I liked it back then. I played it today, and guess what, I still like it. You suck.

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