STAFF REVIEW of Blinx: The Time Sweeper (Xbox)


Thursday, October 17, 2002.
by Tony Ingrassia

Blinx: The Time Sweeper Box art A great platform game for XBOX plus an inovative twist, and an original charecter come together in this action packed, puzzle solving, time manipulating game. At first glance Blinx the Time Sweeper may seem simplistic and basic, but there is more depth here than meets the eye. Upgradaes, hidden treasures, unique charecters, and the capability to control time. What more can you ask for? This game does not dissapoint if you give it a fair try, once again we have a game that may fall prey to the simple minded gamer who just wants to fly through without delving into the little secrets of the game.


My first concern was the control scheme, with all of this time jumping i was a little concerned, but fear not, it's as simple as pie. After the first 15-20 minutes you'll be crusing. Blinx is a daring cat that decides to try and save this world that has been populted by monsters due to the medeling of some badies. Crystals are the key here, you can collect them to manipulate time, but you do need to be aware of which crystal you are picking up, pick up the wrong sequence and you have wasted 4 of them. The idea is to collect 3 of the same crystals, each type unlocking a particular time jump, pause, rev, ff, etc...Your other problem is that you can only have 3 time manipulations at a time. There is also gold to be found and used in the store to upgrade your equipment, time slots (so you can have more than 3) Redo slots (your health,you start with 3, and can buy more) as you perish your life gets a "redo" it actually rewinds the game to just before you died in a VCR like effect, kinda cool. Your main weapon is, well, a va !&%$@#* e. Yes a vacume that can suck up pretty much anything you see and use it as a projectile, barrels, cans, tv's, couches, you name it. Collect "Trash" and fire away. Again we have a limit, 5 objects at a time, but you can keep refilling at will. You work your way through a level with basically 2 objectives, beat all the monsters, and find all of the secrets. You must defeat the monsters to continue, you don't need to find the all the secrets, and chances are you won't. Why?? Because you probably can't get to were they are with your current items, so you will be bouncing back and forth into levels throughout the game. Now the big catch, there is a 10 minute time limit in which you need to accomplish your task. This game is challenging and fun, you need to have a little strategy and plan your way through the level, and you will need to return to levels to uncover hidden items and power ups. i think the developers did a good juob incorporating the time travel to encumpass the entire game and not just levels. One regret, as for most games now, some sort of co-op mode would have been fun, and a very small camera angle problem, neglagible at best. Blinx is going to be lke a few other games that got dissed in the beggining and as people give it a chance it will catch on. Not dissapointed at all.


WOW!! Simply stunning. Wonderfull textures, weather effects, shadows, you name it. Then again we are on the XBOX and it can handle it. No glitches, snags, or hickups. Smooth as silk. You may have to forget your time limit a few times and just wonder around and take a good look at this world. Job well done!


Sound wise Blinx has a, and forgive me for saying it, Nintendo like feel to it. A Japanese like dialougue with sub titles, and a Mario like sound effects when it comes to weapons, jumping, walking, ambient sounds, and explosions. All suite this platform very well.


Suggestions:
Muti-player of some sort. Maybe some side quests. A non timed mode.


Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10

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