100% Orange Juice Review (PC)
100% Orange Juice is Orange Juice’s dice based video card-game. It is currently on Steam Greenlight and is gathering a following. The game is centred around the heroes of Orange Juice’s other games. There are a possible of 4 heroes to choose from, each of which has their own abilities that set them apart from the rest of the group. The game is a frantic goal-oriented board-game, it has moments of humour and was definitely designed with their fans in mind, rather than trying to please everyone. But will Orange Juice’s dedication to their fan base keep you amused?
As I have not actually played any of the previous Orange Juice releases I had no clue which character to choose at the start, but as I am an offence over defence kind of guy I chose the character which boosted the attack +1.
I didn’t realise at the time, what the + 1 meant, other than I would be better at attacking, leaving my defence and evasiveness stock. However, in my first match – without reading the rules or how to play the game, which was silly – I found out that the + 1’s corresponded to the dice rolls. Each combatant in a fight gets to attack as well as to either defend or evade their opponents attack, this is a choice made by the combatant.
So to evade or defend you ask? Well I say always defend as it reduces your damage, a lot, and means you can fight another fight in this life (usually). Although, if your character has increased evasiveness I would go for that instead, as it negates all damage, because you evade it.
Dying isn’t the end of your game however, as you are just left lying on the ground until you are able to roll the number or higher that you need to be revived. But this does give your opponents a huge advantage as they are able to dash around the board whilst you are trying to recover.
The game-play is rapid and frantic, it was probably Orange Juice’s idea to not have the player waiting to long doing nothing whilst the others are taking their turns. This was a good thought, but the oppositions turns are so fast it does take a keen eye to follow everything that’s going on. That’s regarding the movement though, as the combat is a total opposite. It is slow, and even though it has nice animations for the attacks, defends and evades it does take away from the zany cartoony nature of the game.
The running theme of the game is luck, you don’t win by being good, because the only real decisions you have are “left or right” and “defend or evade”. So luck is the determining factor, so don’t feel bad when you get beat by an AI, because they were just luckier than you.
This game looks like a Japanese cartoon, it’s humour adds to this and creates a generally nice environment to play in. The character designer, however, creeps me out. I am used to cartoons having unnatural eyes, but these characters eyes are just… Creepy. They are a pale grey, and look like the eyes of someone who is possessed – in a cartoon.
The music ties in well with the game, it adds drama and makes it feel like a bigger game. I don’t mean this to sound like a slur on the game, but its not an epic adventure game, it’s very much tied to the limits of the board.
The game has multi-player, which I haven’t been to keen on but it does provide the same challenge as the AI. I would suggest you only play multi-player with friends, as then you get to gloat when you luck a win.
Overall, the game is quirky and fun, it doesn’t take itself too seriously which I really like in these days of AAA game releases. This is, however, not going to keep you playing for too long, it is enjoyable however, and I found myself enjoying it far more than I thought I would.
3 lifeless anime eyes out of 5100% Orange Juice Review (PC),