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“Kivi’s Underworld” review

by on Jan.23, 2013, under PC Game Reviews

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Game: Kivi’s Underworld
Developer: Soldak Entertainment

2.5 llamas “Hack and Slash” without any addictive side-effects

When Kivi’s Underworld was released back in 2008, it was touted as a casual action RPG that could be experienced in short play sessions without requiring lengthy time commitments. While it is undoubtedly true that each of the thirty levels in this game can be completed in 15-30 minutes, I don’t believe I have ever found any game in this genre that “required” you to spend hours and hours incessantly playing. Even back in the late 90’s, the original Diablo allowed you to teleport back out to the safe haven of Tristan to allow you to execute the mandatory  post-caffeine consumption bio break most gamers require. At the end of the day, the only reason players immersed themselves in hour after hour of Diablo I and II, Fate and Titan Quest (to name but a few) is because those games were inherently designed to be as addictive as amphetamine-laced Tim-Tams. Developers understood that game elements like character building with skill trees and attributes, regular (and incrementally enhanced) loot drops and fast paced game-play was a near-perfect recipe to ensure gamers invested copious hours within these virtual worlds. Unfortunately, Steven Peeler’s (the designer at Soldak Entertainment) “bite sized gaming” solution to this problem was to develop an RPG with none of these addictive features present! (continue reading…)

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