Party of Sin Review (PC)
Once upon a time, about three weeks ago, I awoke in a beautiful January morning and found a copy of game called “Party of Sin” in my filthy hands. The title was very much in line with the celebratory mood I was experiencing during the festive season, so it was very easy to succumb to temptation and start playing it.
From the very beginning everything was very enjoyable – nice visuals and sound; interesting story (shown as a short cartoon); nice characterisation to begin with… It was obvious from the start that the game developers Crankshaft Games have done a good job.
The game is a puzzle platformer and the player’s task is to solve puzzles and take out enemies in order to progress. Also you have to fight the guards (both angels and daemons) and collect… APPLES! I have no idea why the developers’ choice was apples.
The game begins with all the sins being imprisoned in a high security prison in Hell guarded by both angels and demons. One of the sins (Wrath) manages to break out and starts a riot. This Minotaur-like creature head-butts the cell door and begins to free all the other sins. By the end of the first two levels the whole party gets assembled and the player has at his disposal Wrath, Greed, Gluttony, Envy, Pride, Lust and Sloth. Each “Party of Sins” member has his very own abilities that play vital parts in finding the solutions of the puzzles. You hero can be only one of the sins, but it can be replaced with another at any given time.
There are four different stages Hell, Purgatory, Earth and Heaven, and each of them consists of several levels. There is a very well incorporated tutorial (the first two levels in Hell) showing you in details how to control each of the characters. The tutorial is a pleasure to walk through and provides great help as the game control system is a bit complicated. Actually, a bit complicated is serious understatement when applied to the controls. The very first time I played the game I spend 15-20 minutes trying to figure out why my character doesn’t want to turn the other way. In the end it turns out that the characters always look toward the mouse pointer (when I discovered that I was quite embarrassed), but there is so many things to which you have to initially pay attention that it is easy to get stuck. However, in my opinion this is exactly the part that makes the game challenging and great.
“Party of Sin” is beautifully made and it has very mild level of violence. I was happy to let my 6 year old son to play for hours and he has no problems at all with most of the levels. Of course he needed some help with certain especially hard game situations.
In general, Party of Sin is a simple platformer and there is nothing challenging in its concepts, but it is very enjoyable and anyone would have a few hours of fun. On easy the game can be completed in a few hours, but even if you play the same level a second or third time its still fun. Unless you are some weird religious type who will be offended by the subject matter, Party of Sin is a great little platformer that anyone should enjoy.
7 freedom fighting sins (Wrath, Greed, Gluttony, Envy, Pride, Lust and Sloth) out of 10