Bionicle: Heroes

Format: PS2

5 021290 027398
Age Restrictions: 7+
24 November 2006

Harness the elemental powers of each Toa hero. Master their unique tools and abilities in order to defeat the villainous Piraka one by one. Explore jungles, volcanoes and mountains on the mysterious island of Voya Nui in this epic quest. In order to survive you must battle, solve puzzles, learn to walk through fire and even climb sheer cliff faces in the ultimate
Bionicle adventure - the first game to chronicle characters from the entire Bionicle universe...

It's hard to believe, but Bionicle Heroes comes from the same team that brought us the far superior LEGO Star Wars II game.

If you don't know anything about the Bionicle universe, then you may have a bit of a problem getting into this game - no real attempt is made to fill you in on why you can control robots with interchangeable faces and why you are attacking the Piraka. In fact just the different colour of the robot's masks is all that you'll get to indicate that you have different abilities - and it's not easy to remember which colour does what.

By far the games biggest flaw is the "Hero" mode, which renders the player invulnerable. Nothing wrong with that if it wasn't for the fact that it's just too easy to engage this mode and it lasts for too long. The result is that you'll spend far too much time running around levels without any fear that you can be killed. And, when you complete each level you'll be thrust into the predictable head to head with a level boss.

To be honest there's not enough variety to keep most gamers playing to the end. After you've played a couple of levels, you've pretty much seen it all. At the end of the day this game is squarely aimed at young Bionicle fans who want to see their favourite characters live on screen. It's just a shame that no one thought about adding any engaging game play.

Nick Smithson

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