Review by mildare_el_rayo
A fiendishly fun, short and tightly-packed cooperative experience,
They say that the best things in life are free, and certainly, the most fun I've had with either my Playstation Move or LittleBigPlanet has been Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves. It presents one of the most original and versatile co-op experiences out there.
The game's format is basically the same as LittleBigPlanet's, except that this time around a second player is forcefully needed. One or several players control their respective Sackboys, while an additional player takes control of the Playstation Move controller, with which he'll assist Sackboy(s) in completing five levels, plus two minigames.
The game is a straight platformer, just like the other LittleBigPlanet games, only this time around, certain parts of the world are controllable with the Move Controller, and it's necessary to interact with them to complete the game. For instance, a barrier may be blocking Sackboy's path, and it's up to the player with the Move Controller to remove the obstruction so that Sackboy may pass. This is, of course, a rudimentary example that appears early on in the game. Later, harmonic coordination between Sackboy and the Move Player is required. Sometimes, the Move Player will have to block hazards from burning Sackboy while he completes a platforming segment, while other times, Sackboy will be required to stand still while the Move Player does all the work. Some puzzles are very clever and challenging, and completing them can be quite satisfying.
The game's fifth and last level, for instance, requires absolute cooperation as the Move Player launches Sackboy up in the air so that he may grab a Dinosaur's tail and the Move Player can throw flaming rocks into its mouth.
There's not much to do once you're done with the game other than re-playing it, completing the very simple minigames available to be unlocked and acquiring all the trophies if you're into that, but the game is tragically brief. It takes about five minutes to complete each level, so the net playtime you can get out of this game can be as little as 25 minutes. I played it for longer than that, however, and it was a very fun though laconic experience. It's a free game if you purchase LittleBigPlanet 2 or are subscribed to the Playstation Plus service, so you get what you pay for, I suppose.
The title's extreme brevity doesn't necessarily have to be viewed as a bad thing: It doesn't overstay its welcome, can be appealing to your short attention-span friends and can be played entirely in one sitting. It's a unique experience that leaves you wanting more, but consider this if you want to pay six dollars for it: You won't be getting more than an hour's playtime from it.
It's as cost-efficient as going to the movies and buying pop-corn, and a hell of a lot more fun and exciting.
Product Release: Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves (US, 12/14/10)
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