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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)
Developed by: Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)
Genre: Action
Players: 1-2
Rated: E (Everyone)
Release Date: February 22, 2007
Screenshots: Link!
Written By: Matthew Prunty

A rare arcade success to say the least, Q*Bert has found a new home as a downloadable title for the Playstation 3 console. Originally released back in 1982, Q*Bert became a phenomenon that spear-headed a series of ventures, including a Saturday morning cartoon, a sequel, and many other licensed goods. Those gamers who had to opportunity to play the original game will notice the same creativity and flare that made this title popular back in the early 80s.

When you look at Q*Bert, you notice there isnít much to the title. Within the game, you would hop around cubes that form into a giant pyramid. Upon hopping from cube to cube, you change the color of the tops of the cube. The object of the game is to change all the tops to a specific color while dodging creatures and balls tumbling down the pyramid toward you. The only defenses you have in the fight are two floating platforms that are off the sides of the pyramid. So if you are getting chased one of the many creatures in the game, just hop off the pyramid to the platform and the platform will take you back to the top of the pyramid. As you progress through the game you will also notice that the game takes a turn for the difficult. Some cubes that you hope on wont change to the correct color on the first try, thus requiring you to hop a couple of times, while still avoiding falling balls coming at you.

I have to say that the Playstation 3 versions of Q*Bert stays true to the original game, but there are some noticeable changes. For one, the game has been polished over, to give it a more smooth and interesting look. Controlling the hopping of Q*Bert is done by either using the D-pad or the analog sticks. In terms of the sound, itís straight from the original title, so there is no need to wonder if Sony did any tampering around with the game.

Within Q*Bert, you have the choice of either playing by yourself, or alternating via the two-player option. There arenít any online functions beyond a leaderboard constructed to host the top 100 scores from around the world. The finny thing about the listing is that there are tons of empty slots below the top 100, but for some reason you canít fill those slots up.

For those who want to play Q*Bert again, this is certainly your chance if you own the Playstation 3 console. Considering the advancements many classics get when they are brought to current generation consoles, many will opt out of adding this title to their collection. For the low price of $4.99, I say the game is worth owning, regardless of whether you have played it before or not.


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