Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed by Darryl Linington
While the Wonderbook peripheral has not entirely been used to its full potential, it seems that Sony has been investing a lot more time into the concept. This time around, instead of throwing random spells around, we are now introduced to Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler, which is a film-noir inspired detective story.
You see, Humpty Dumpty has been bumped off, which means that you, with the help of private detective Diggs Nightcrawler, have to piece him back together again in order to find out who exactly scrambled old Humpty. After a few interesting cutscenes, Diggs and the player head to the crime scene where, despite the suspicions of the three little porcine police officers, they find the pieces of Humpty’s shell, which are then used to put Humpty together again. However, just before the last piece is placed, the lights go out and Diggs and the pigs are beaten up, only to find that Humpty’s body has now been taken. This then leads to some rather interesting, yet familiar, storybook moments that allow this title to be entertaining as well as creative and inspiring.
Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler is all about the story, and it is a great story at that. Whether you are on your own, or surrounded by family, this title will keep you entertained until the final chapter. Furthermore, sitting around the Wonderbook feels a little more natural this time around as Book of Spells was more of a page turner instead of an interactive storybook.
Overall, Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler will have everyone, including your granny, hooked. Furthermore, the child friendly storyline makes this game perfect for those much needed family nights in.
When it comes to gameplay, Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler is pretty easy to get the hang of. The story is played out by interacting with the Wonderbook via tilting, turning, shaking and even rotating the book in various ways. This allows the player to manipulate the environment as per Diggs’ instructions. The game also features some great mini games and a few voice commands, which keep things fresh overall. Furthermore, the Move controller can be used to zoom in and out in order to take a closer look at things.
When it comes to graphics, Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler is colourful, attractive and well designed. It also features some great looking character models as well some rather attractive environments. As stated in various trailers and so on, images showcased on the Wonderbook only appear on your television screen (just thought I would throw that in there). While Diggs Nightcrawler does look good, it does however feature a few graphical hiccups, which come in the form of texture pop and screen tear. While these graphical hiccups will not ruin your overall experience they are however present.
One thing that is rather impressive when it comes to this title is the voice acting. Diggs as well as the rest of the cast are entertaining, yet authentic, and really bring this title to life. Furthermore, the musical score is perfect for the games overall theme.
Diggs Nightcrawler is a step forward in the right direction when it comes to Sony’s underused Wonderbook. Furthermore, it opens up a fantastic world of fiction that is family friendly, entertaining and well designed.
If you thinking of trying out something different, then I suggest taking a look at the Wonderbook peripheral as more titles should be heading its way in the near future.
Reviewed on the PlayStation 3.