Oh no, not more platforms. I'm sick of platforms. In fact I will be more than content if I never see another platform game as long as I live. I wonder how many platform games there are in the world of Amigadom? Hundreds, no probably more like thousands.
Anyway, luckily for you punter and unluckily for me the writer, here is Risky Woods by Electronic Arts. Right, hold everything! Risky Woods? What kind of a name is that for a platform romparama?
I suppose it's because somewhere in the game there will be a risky wood. What's so bloody risky about a wood anyway? I can see it all now.
Some kid runs to his mother and cries: "Oh mother, a branch in the woods has scraped my arm and now it's bleeding!"
"Never mind dear I'll get some antiseptic, but you shouldn't be playing in those woods - it's far too risky!"
Yeah right, very risky indeed, unless Draxos and his evil legions show up and fill the wood with evil rotting corpses.
In some uncanny way I have just introduced you to the big bad and very ugly Draxos - the very reason why the woods are risky!
It's about now that a deadly handsome and highly intelligent hero with muscles turns up. Oh look, here comes someone now. Readers meet Rohan, the young warrior.
Barely out of nappies, our hero has arrived to deliver death and justice to the evil hordes that inhabit the woods, thus making them far less risky.
Draxos, being the evil guy that he is, has turned all the monks that roamed the woods into statues. Now these monks guarded the Wisdom of the Lost Land. If Draxos were ever to get this wisdom, all would be lost. So as well as delivering death and justice, Rohan has to set all the monks free. A bit of tough task, eh?
To be honest, this is your bog standard platform game. Nothing new has been incorporated to separate it from the rest. So don't expect any surprises.
The control system is easier than something that is quite easy indeed. Left for left, fire for firing weapons, so on and so forth.
If you care to take a gander at the screenshots that grace this very page, you will notice the graphics. Cor, phhwworr, eh what a beauty. The graphics are amazing, talk about console feel or what!
In fact you could be easily mistaken and think that you are actually playing on a console. If all graphics were like these then I'd be a very happy man. Soundwise, there is a delightful little atmospheric kinda tune, but you won't be dancing in the clubs to it. The game has few sound effects, except for a few grunts.
It's very playable, but it is not for the inexperienced platformer because it is very hard indeed. In fact the experienced platformer might have troubles might have troubles with this one.
So, apart from the hardness of it all, what else is there that troubles you while playing it? Well, it's hard to say, but there's something about Risky Woods that I didn't like. I think it's because it's so similar to every other platform game. All you do is move left or right, killing beasties and rescuing monks - there doesn't seem to be a lot of gameplay in there.
It's not different enough to earn itself one of those fabled Gamer Gold awards, but nonetheless if you're a platform fan and looking for a challenge the Risky Woods is for you.