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Little Deviants Review

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The release of a new gaming system on the market means a splurge of both interesting and uninteresting titles to choose from.  Little Deviants is a zany game that showcases the many features of the PlayStation Vita and is a whole lot of fun for a few hours, but after those few hours, the experiences become all too familiar.

What Is It?

For those fortunate few who chose to pre-order Sony's first-edition bundle, Little Deviants was packaged in with the Vita.

The deviants are a bunch of ball-shaped aliens who want nothing more than to go back to space after crash landing on a planet that they're estranged to. The thing about the deviants is that they're a little crazy.  Those who are familiar with the minions from the film "Despicable Me" or the insane white "rabbids" from Rayman's Raving Rabbids should know what kind crazy is being referred to.

The game itself is a bunch of minigames requiring the player to get scores high enough in order for the deviants to assemble a spaceship to get back home.

Why Should I Care?

little-deviants-e3-2011-1The minigames themselves are pretty fun and showcase what the Vita's features can be capable of.

For example, the first minigame puts players in control of a deviant navigating to an endpoint at a random field, but in order to get to it, the deviant has to find the key to unlock the gate.  Players control the deviant strictly using the touch panel on the back of the Vita to distort the land in order to have the deviant roll around the field.  With enemies and other obstacles blocking the path, it could be rather challenging.

Another minigame makes use of the front and back cameras in a space shooter game similar to Face Raiders game built into the Nintendo 3DS.  With the simulated augmented reality controls, players have to literally be standing in order to find and destroy all the enemies in the actual room players are playing in.

Another game features the navigation of a hot air balloon, requiring players to hold the Vita vertically like one would with a mobile smartphone.  The gyroscope controls then allow players to evade sky bombs while tapping on the screen to kill flying sharp-nosed robots that can burst the balloon.

These are just some of the handful of games that uniquely showcase the many ways the Vita can be played.

What Makes It Worth My Time And Money?

little-deviants-e3-2011-3Most of the game's value comes from the fact that it has a variety of fun games that are a joy to play.  It's easy on the eyes thanks to the power of the handheld and its superb screen, but the crazy sounds might cause the player to go crazy too.

Combine that with the fact that it's one of the cheaper Vita games available at $29.99 (or free, with the first-edition bundle), and players have quite a game on their hands.

The problem is there comes a point in the game where the minigames start to be recycled and players find themselves playing games they've already played before.  The fun in finishing each minigame with a respectable amount of points is wondering what kind of game is unlocked next, but finding out it's a game you already played is a rather disappointing experience.

However way you look at it, though, it's still fun for a while.

 
 
 
 
 
Title: Little Deviants
Platform: PlayStation Vita
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: Bigbig Studios
Genre: Action
Release Date: February 15, 2012
ESRB Rating: E10+

The release of a new gaming system on the market means a splurge of both interesting and uninteresting titles to choose from.  Little Deviants is a zany game that showcases the many features of the PlayStation Vita and is a whole lot of fun for a few hours, but after those few hours, the experiences become all too familiar. What Is It? For those fortunate few who chose to pre-order Sony's first-edition bundle, Little Deviants was packaged in with the […]

little-deviants-e3-2011

The release of a new gaming system on the market means a splurge of both interesting and uninteresting titles to choose from.  Little Deviants is a zany game that showcases the many features of the PlayStation Vita and is a whole lot of fun for a few hours, but after those few hours, the experiences become all too familiar.

What Is It?

For those fortunate few who chose to pre-order Sony's first-edition bundle, Little Deviants was packaged in with the Vita.

The deviants are a bunch of ball-shaped aliens who want nothing more than to go back to space after crash landing on a planet that they're estranged to. The thing about the deviants is that they're a little crazy.  Those who are familiar with the minions from the film "Despicable Me" or the insane white "rabbids" from Rayman's Raving Rabbids should know what kind crazy is being referred to.

The game itself is a bunch of minigames requiring the player to get scores high enough in order for the deviants to assemble a spaceship to get back home.

Why Should I Care?

little-deviants-e3-2011-1The minigames themselves are pretty fun and showcase what the Vita's features can be capable of.

For example, the first minigame puts players in control of a deviant navigating to an endpoint at a random field, but in order to get to it, the deviant has to find the key to unlock the gate.  Players control the deviant strictly using the touch panel on the back of the Vita to distort the land in order to have the deviant roll around the field.  With enemies and other obstacles blocking the path, it could be rather challenging.

Another minigame makes use of the front and back cameras in a space shooter game similar to Face Raiders game built into the Nintendo 3DS.  With the simulated augmented reality controls, players have to literally be standing in order to find and destroy all the enemies in the actual room players are playing in.

Another game features the navigation of a hot air balloon, requiring players to hold the Vita vertically like one would with a mobile smartphone.  The gyroscope controls then allow players to evade sky bombs while tapping on the screen to kill flying sharp-nosed robots that can burst the balloon.

These are just some of the handful of games that uniquely showcase the many ways the Vita can be played.

What Makes It Worth My Time And Money?

little-deviants-e3-2011-3Most of the game's value comes from the fact that it has a variety of fun games that are a joy to play.  It's easy on the eyes thanks to the power of the handheld and its superb screen, but the crazy sounds might cause the player to go crazy too.

Combine that with the fact that it's one of the cheaper Vita games available at $29.99 (or free, with the first-edition bundle), and players have quite a game on their hands.

The problem is there comes a point in the game where the minigames start to be recycled and players find themselves playing games they've already played before.  The fun in finishing each minigame with a respectable amount of points is wondering what kind of game is unlocked next, but finding out it's a game you already played is a rather disappointing experience.

However way you look at it, though, it's still fun for a while.

Date published: 02/23/2012
3.5 / 5 stars

2 comments on “Little Deviants Review

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