| Mild Violence
| The Good
Graphics look nice
Timesweeper elements add variety to game
Lots of secrets to find
| The Bad
Enemies look bland
Shooting mechanics are inconsistent
Time limit and one-hit kills may lead to frustration
Blinx works for the Time Factory as a Timesweeper. His job
is to clean up glitches in time in the various worlds which
become manifested as crystals. If left too long, the crystals
turn into monsters, which absorb energy and in turn can destroy
that world. When the Tom-Tom Gang breaks into world B1Q64,
captures the princess and starts sucking up time crystals,
they accidentally start events that is sure to doom that world.
In an act of heroism (and even some infatuation with the princess),
Blinx jumps into the portal to the world in hopes of saving
Blinx is broken up into series of stages, each series
in a different area, where the player needs to defeat all
the monsters by sucking up debris and bombs and shooting it
at them. All along the way, you can pick up various "Lucky
Charms"-like crystals. When you pick up 3 or 4 of the
same color in a row, you gain an ability to alter time, much
like a VCR controls. Initially, most of the time elements
are nothing more than for looks, but further into the game,
you'll actually need to use these time elements to solve puzzles.
At the end of each area is a boss monster, which is often
just a larger version of the regular monsters and can be dispatched
through tactics you learned in the previous levels. While
the game may at first seem quite easy, you'll find yourself
challenged in later levels as as both the monsters are harder
to take down and the crystals you need to acquire certain
time skills may be hard to find. Also, each stage has a time
limit of ten minutes and Blinx himself can only take one hit
before dying. If you have retry crystals in your retry gauge,
though, time will rewind a few seconds and you can dodge the
attack that killed you.
In each area is a shop in which you can buy retry crystals,
empty holders for retry and time crystals or even bigger and
better timesweepers. Later models can sweep up sand and fire
and even suck up larger debris, which you'll find useful as
it will give you access to certain hidden parts of previous
levels. Each level has a number of hidden medallions, which
is sure to give completionists a reason to replay each level
multiple times. Or, you can just go back to get more money
to spend in the shop.
For the most part, Blinx the Timesweeper looks great.
The levels are large and detailed with some fine lighting
effects that really accent the crazy cartoonish design of
each location. Blinx himself looks great. He's well detailed
and animated nicely. When you get the camera in close, you
can even see his whiskers and fur and even the reflections
off of his goggles. Some levels don't look as good as others,
but that's really from a design standpoint. Also, the design
and look of the average monsters are fairly boring. They serve
a functional purpose, but I really wish that like Blinx, they
had been given a little more detail.
The music is quirky - it feels both crazy yet fun at the
same time. The odd techno soundtrack really works for the
bent futuristic feel that the game delivers. Both the sound
effects and limited vocal parts aid in the overall structure
of the game.
There are a few aspects that seem to detract from the game.
First of all, Blinx runs like he has lead in his pants. For
a game where each level has a time limit, I kind of wish that
Blinx ran with more impetus. On top of that, the mechanics
for shooting garbage and bombs seems inconsistent. Sometimes,
you can shoot at a monster across the room and nail him, but
other times, the garbage seems to get caught on something
invisible. And when you're shooting bombs, this becomes extremely
dangerous. Some of the more difficult monsters are challenging
more so because you can't trust whether your aim will hit
it's mark. Add in the time limit and you may find yourself
redoing certain levels multiple times before finishing.
Even with some of the aspects that I wish had been changed,
I would state that this game is a success in providing both
challenge and fun to the Xbox. If you're a fan of the genre,
you should check this one out.