Wik: Fable of Souls - Xbox Live Arcade review

  • Frantic pacing
  • Creative control limitations
  • Increasing puzzle challenge
  • Stupid grub-stealin' gnats
  • Fairly repetitive
  • Falling to your death in later levels

An odd mix of platforming action and goody-collecting/puzzle-solving, Wik: Fable of Souls balances frantic pacing and thought-provoking strategy. It's not often that we're stricken with the desire to swing by our tongues, but Wik has altered our perspective.

Centering on the fact that the main character Wik can't walk at all, this game forces you to use his other unique talents to grab glowing grubs. Wik can jump, but not terribly far, so he must use his sticky tongue as a grappling hook to swing around the screen sucking up grubs and spitting them at his weird little mule creature called a Slotham. Why? Who knows ... but you have to do it before giant gnats can steal the grubs or you die (inexplicably). You also die (again, inexplicably) if your Slotham walks off-screen, which puts a fairly generous time limit on Wik's success.

In order to combat the grub-stealin' gnats, you have to master Wik's ability to suck his enemies into his mouth and spit them at other enemies. With each stage cleared, the difficulty ramps up by adding new types of enemies and different obstacles for Wik to overcome through clever swinging and spitting. Wik also begins to uncover the convoluted story that surrounds the deceptive and evil nature of the little grubs that he keeps feeding to his mule. Wik: Fable of Souls may not be the most exciting Live Arcade title, but it scratches an action/puzzle itch that few other games can match.

More Info

Release date: Dec 15 2005 - Xbox 360 (US)
Dec 15 2005 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Family
Published by: Reflexive
Developed by: Reflexive
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