Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive Review: Cute But Shallow

The idea behind Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive is one that lends itself perfectly to the Nintendo 3DS. Colorful characters, which you create, parading around in 3D?

Sounds totally cool and fun, right? If it’s been about 20 years since your last pair of footsie pajamas, then the fun will last about a half-hour.

Even with a host of gameplay modes, Streetpass capabilities and an endless amount of possibilities for your creations, Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive lacks the ability to totally captivate. After the novelty of seeing your creation wander the screen wears off, so does the fun.

The game keeps itself interesting by adding simple quests to the levels and rewards, such as extra creation pieces, for accomplishing tasks. Getting through quests however is simple and feels forced. The dialogue between characters is also incredibly inane and doesn’t have much of a soul.

The game is essentially meaningless platforming and with the stylus-fueled controls, the polish isn’t really there. The camera can even be wonky at times, especially if you create a large character. Here, we see average jumps and movements can be nearly impossible, to the point where you can even get stuck underwater or in between different points. Because of this, Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive feels like a tech-demo than a fully fleshed out game.

That is if you are an older gamer looking for something with depth. Children, however, will fall in love with this title. Creating their own characters and picking up eggs and conversing with their other creations will seem like anything but tedious. They’ll smile and laugh throughout each level as their crazy characters jump, fly and roll throughout the land. To see that type of emotion in a kid for a measly seven bucks is a worthy investment, especially considering how many mediocre titles on the 3DS that cost five times as much.

Great in short bursts on the train or subway, Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive is a fun game for parents to play with their kids. It’ll spur their imagination and even have them read a bit. Together, the fun will last longer. That doesn’t mean it’s the next game should download on your 3DS, but it does mean that if you have youngsters in your life, it will get played.

All in all, Freakyforms: Your Creations Alive will satisfy the young demographic, but it will leave older gamers wondering what could have been. With a bit more polish to the gameplay engine and legit story, this could have been a title to conjure up thoughts of “Animal Crossing” or “Harvest Moon.” Instead, it’s a cute game that you’ll forget shortly afterwards.

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