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Presented with a pen of beasties, you have to fence the animals into separate enclosures without coming into contact with any of them – for that spells instant death. It’s Qix on a farm. A farm of mad. What kind of farmer shoves antagonising breeds in a pen and then tries to solve the problem?
Here’s the thing: Crystal Defenders R1 and R2 have already been released for iPhone and Xbox Live Arcade as a single game. This of course begs the question “why the bloody hell are we paying 1,600 points to play both games?” No one likes being taken for a ride, and Square Enix is laughing in our faces while it lifts the cash from our wallets.
R2 is a tougher game to play than R1, which is hardly surprising as it’s little more than a continuation of exactly the same game. While a new set of character classes is introduced, they’re basically the ones from R1 with new skins and new names.
With so many ‘horror’ games (Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead) surrendering chills for all-out action, it’s reassuring to find a game determined to put the willies up you with tight narrative and brooding atmosphere rather than cheap shocks. It’s also great to see a mature Wii game that tries to do things differently.