Young Thor – A Smashing Game
The much anticipated Young Thor by Frima Studio has hit the PSN store this week and I can happily say it has been as good as I was hoping it to be. Young Thor is a side scrolling action game where you take control of Thor the god of thunder, who set’s out to rescue three nord maidens who were kidnapped by Hel the goddess of the underworld.
In Young Thor there are 17 levels, 16 of these are set out across 4 chapters leaving the 17th level as the final confrontation with Hel. The designs of the levels are awesome to say the least the 3D background and character animations are amazing for a PSP game let alone a mini and with so wonderful added touches like goblins hitting the screen when you hit them really adds a nice aspect to the game. Although each of the levels may seem short you will find a few of the levels will become a lot harder so you will find yourself replaying previous levels just to level up Thor so the next levels are a little easier. The ability to replay previous levels is almost essential, as I have said each level does get quite hard the further you progress in the game and although you are shown the difficulty of each level at the level select screen (represented by skulls for instance 1 skull would be easy where as 6 would be a lot harder) you will probably find that two different levels with the same difficulty rating could be much harder or easier then the other. There are a few power ups dotted around each level so as to make you quest slightly easier giving Thor the ability to deal extra damage to enemies or the ability to double jump (although I thought that Thor did sound much like a goblin when doing the double jump.)
Their are a few disappointing thing with the game though; for instance the inability to use the analog stick though not to say the D-pad is no good but it would be nice to have the option to use either or. Their is also a few problems with the collision and hit detection for instance you could be hit by an enemy that is out of range or that you are able to jump into the sides of mountains or through the floor although this doesn’t happen very often thankfully.
Another nice touch was the inclusion of achievement that you can unlock through out the game ranging from collecting certain items too killing 100 giants (much like the achievements in Zombie tycoon) and although it doesn’t actually unlock anything in the game it’s just a nice personal challenge to try to unlock every achievement.
Overall Young Thor is a solid game and with only a few minor flaws Frima Studio has another hit on it’s hands, and although some people may find having to replay previous levels just to level up slightly tedious I believe this game is a must have for any gamers collection.