Review by Dragon2000

Reviewed: 03/13/04

Underrated? I guess you could say that.

Platform games are nothing new in... gaming. Sonic and Mario are the juggernauts of the genre these days, and usually they are compared to when reviewing a platformer. Chameleon Twist adds a twist of its own, which some liked, most hated, and the rest didn't play the game. Still, this isn't a run-of-the-mill platformer, so it's not bad if you want something new to play.

Graphics: 8.8/10
The graphics, or at least some of them, are pretty clear and crisp. A few of them look a bit weird, though. The rabbit looks like a stuffed animal, the butterflies look like they were made out of clay, and the stone enemies look a bit bland. However, most of them seem to be really well structured, like the human-looking chameleon. It mostly works well.

Total: 8.8/10

Sound: 9.4/10
The sound effects in this are mostly forgettable though a few of them actually sound pretty cool: Amazingly enough, the stretching of the tongue won't grate your nerves. The music comes in all forms, from the upbeat Bomb Land, to the creepy Desert Castle, and to the downright catchy battle stages. However, a lot of them can get a bit repetitive. Just a bit more similarity between the music, and this would be a 10/10, easy.

Total: 18.2/20 = 9.1/10

Gameplay: 8/10
The game is nice enough to include a training room, because the tongue mechanics are very different than from what you would normally expect. However, the rest of the controls are very basic: move, jump, etc. The actual levels are quite basic, with a lot of obstacles, such as having to use your tongue to manuever yourself around a pole. The non-tongue based parts, however, are just what you would expect from any platform. As for enemies, you either face large groups, or they are very scarce. However, this comes in handy, as your chameleon's actual attack is to use his tongue to ''eat'' enemies and then spit them out. The main bad part is that it's his only means of attack. Very few flaws, but those flaws are largely pronounced.

Total: 26.2/30

Replayability: 6.5/10
Perfectionists will want to get all the crowns in each stage, but the majority of them are very easy to find. You can get 2 rewards for getting crowns: 1 is in the final level, and one is an unlockable. They aren't exactly revolutionary, so there really isn't much to have you 100% the game. However, I found that once you beat a game, your going to want to try to beat it again and again and again and again...

Total: 32.7/40

Buy or rent: Buy if you have played Sonic or Mario, are moderately young, or like platformer. Rent if you have your doubts. However this should be relatively cheap anyway. Overall, this is pretty fun.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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