On the internationally recognized scale o’ evil Overlord Dark Legend is more Walt Disney than Pol Pot. The central premise might suggest it’s a game for megalomaniacs in waiting but the contrived plot actually has you thwarting baddies rather than stealing children’s lollipops. That said, there’s still much to recommend this Wii exclusive prequel.
Though it admittedly doffs its cap to Nintendo’s wonderful Pikmin, Overlord II is precisely the kind of inventive title we should be crying out for in this sometimes derivative day and age.
This sequel has opted to consolidate rather than innovate though, with most of the facets that made the first game such a lark simply emboldened upon here.
Overlord on DS is quite a different proposition from the Wii game. Here, you have just four goblin thingies to control, each with its own unique talent (water-resistance, inflammability and so on). These skills have to be applied to a range of simplistic puzzles in order to progress, so expect minion-swapping, block-pushing and switch-pressing aplenty.
So every night, this guy frizzes and waxes his hair, puts on a spot of eyeliner, dons skinny jeans and adopts a lisp. He heads to a bar, and chats up every girl he sees. Most of them take one look and leave – he looks cheap and ridiculous. Once in a while though, a girl – maybe she’s drunk, maybe she’s stupid – thinks ‘yeah. He looks like Criss Angel. This’ll be amazing!’