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Pucca's Kisses Game Review

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Posted by Dom Liddle

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For anybody who isn't aware, the eponymous character in Pucca's Kisses Game is a Disney-owned franchise. The cutesy 10-year old spends most of her many cartoon appearances running around attempting to kiss a ninja named Garu who, in turn, is pursued throughout by a ninja named Tobe and his minions.

This storyline carries over to the game, essentially a simplistic platformer with puzzly bits slapped on, and is something of a pleasant surprise – take it on its merits and the game emerges as something far better than it has any right to be. This, however, comes with some reservations.

For the majority of the game, Pucca will run left-to-right in order not to save a princess, nor rescue her trapped animal chums, but to kiss a ninja she is infatuated with. This happens at the end of every level; incredible stuff.

Nonetheless, you don't control Pucca per-se. She constantly runs, encountering various hazards, and should you need to jump, this happens through a Quick Time Event, where you must press A to navigate a cliff, for example. The game's key mechanic happens via the "pause" function – not literally, but via the B button. Upon triggering this, Pucca will stop, but everything else on screen won't, giving you time to wait for something to move before jumping, or use items.

Of these items, the default is a grabbing hand. This allows you to move platforms around that Pucca is stood on as need be, avoiding enemies that are still moving when the action is paused. The other items function in different ways, such as dispatching enemies or removing walls, but all are remote-controlled.

The difficulty is very much aimed at a Disney audience; should Pucca meet her maker at any point during play, the game will automatically rewind to a pre-defined checkpoint, of which there are many. Towards the end, the game has the capacity to ramp up the difficulty by throwing in multiple situations at once, such as the final boss. However, it's a simple game that allows you to coast through the main levels without too much trouble.

Towards the end of each of of these levels are minigames. Unfortunately, they're a bit tacked on – games such as spot the difference and jigsaw puzzles are simple and fun enough, but are going to get repetitive by the end of a game even as short as this one. The maze sections, too, are very fiddly control-wise and rather boring. These games do break up the action, granted, but perhaps they could have been dispensed with in favour of several more levels.

Once you've completed the game, there's a Score Attack mode. Each level is unlocked through completion in the Story, and the mode consists of points being gained for individual actions. These are jumps (where how quickly you jump seems to have no correlation), dispatching of enemies, completion of minigames (which grab you the most points), and so on. Medals offered based on your score, offering a bit more replay value. Here, however, a massive point has been missed.

Where the game would have done better is by integrating the score attack and the story, and using a timer. It is possible, through good timing, to use items while unpaused – as long as you briefly pause to swap items. Throw in the situations where the game requires well-timed jumps, and the need for a time, rather than a score attack, becomes clear. In itself, the score attack is fun, and again, not too difficult. It's not enough to make up for such a short game, however.

Conclusion

In short, Pucca's Kisses Game is fun – for a while. Fans of the characters will love this, undoubtedly, as there are numerous cameos and references throughout the game. The difficulty is well structured, as it slowly introduces players to the concepts and only starts to challenge towards the end. The minigames are unnecessary, but if you are young or enjoy the show, you will probably like them. The worst failing of the game is its length and difficulty – these 12 levels will not last long. Again, young 'uns or fans will see through this, but for anyone else, it's not worth 1000 Points.

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User Comments (22)

Omega

#2

Omega said:

I don't know who or what a Pucca is. But the game looks fresh and interesting. And the concept is something that isn't seen a lot. Because there are currently no other WiiWare games that interest me, I'll maybe give it a shot.

sillygostly

#3

sillygostly said:

I'm extremely disappointed that there are no plans to release this in Australia. =(

I don't buy WiiWare games very often, as the last game that I'd downloaded was Mix Superstar (and a couple of loop packs), but this goofy title has certainly piqued my interest. What gives? I love these bizarre Japanese games. =D

HolyMackerel

#4

HolyMackerel said:

The tagline is awesome, lol. :) Sounds surprisingly good with some original gameplay. Still I agree it doesn't seem to be worth the 1000 point price tag.

GeminiSaint

#5

GeminiSaint said:

@2: Pucca is a popular children's cartoon about the titular character stalking Garu, the ninja she loves to kiss.

ejamer

#6

ejamer said:

Hmm... A licensed game for a children's show, that actually manages to be entertaining and well-designed? Congrats to the developers for not just turning in a half-ed effort.

I'm not the target market, but it's cute enough that some support might be deserved anyway. It's not like I haven't dropped $10 on much worse decisions in the past...

LordJumpMad

#8

LordJumpMad said:

No! Come back! Keep reading!
It only reason that made me come here.
Didn't Pucca started off as a web show cartoon?

TheItalianBaptist

#9

TheItalianBaptist said:

This might be blasphemous, but sounds a little bit like Bit.Trip.Runner, I guess because she just keeps running

Sylverstone

#12

Sylverstone said:

No! Come back! Keep reading!

You know that's why I even bothered to pay attention to this. :P

Lobster

#14

Lobster said:

You know, this is just so extremely adorable and fresh and well put together that I might actually get it despite the (sort of) low score. :P

FluttershyGuy

#18

FluttershyGuy said:

This game looks cute and I love cute, even if I shouldn't being a 34 year old guy. May have to get this so I can have something, ANYTHING to enjoy about Valentines Day except ODing on chocolate!

Objection

#19

Objection said:

Does the reviewer or anyoen else see this a little differently for the NA release, in that it is only 500 points? (The pirce was one of the review's gripes)

Zardoz

#20

Zardoz said:

My 9-year-old LOVES this game. He's a huge fan of the show and was just commenting on how it hadn't been on lately. It is a blast to watch, very nice style and pretty funny. The levels do get more difficult as it goes on. It may be a bit of an on-rails platformer, but it is chock-full of different mini games and isn't quite as simplistic as it appears.

salty1264

#21

salty1264 said:

id only get in NA cause 500 points is fair priced unlike 1000 wich is extremely dumb

Burritomaster

#22

Burritomaster said:

This is not the game I was looking for, especially if you play a Japanese character,the only Japanese character I'll play,is mystical ninja!

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