Check your UK newsstand this month and you’ll find a couple of reviews for Bakushow, the PAL version of ArchimeDS. One was written by me for gamesTM and scored a 7/10 and the other was done by a good friend of mine for N.Revolution and scored an 8.
I know what you’re thinking. How could I score a game I love so much just 7/10? Well there are a number of reasons. One was that Bakushow is technically inferior to ArchimeDS as you’ll read in the review, the other is that I have to look at games from a slightly different perspective when writing for gamesTM.
It’s funny though. As I said to some of my colleagues when writing the review, ArchimeDS is one of those games that’s almost impossible to score as it relies so much on the input of the players. Just take a look at the Metacritic page for US release LOL. It’s scoring anywhere in the range between 1 and 10 and the funny thing is that I can’t bring myself to disagree with any of the reviews. More so than any other game before it, I think ArchimeDS is one that can provoke all kinds of responses: no one more ‘correct’ than the other. Apart from the one you’ll find on this blog, of course. 😉
Whatever the reviews say, however. I reckon that ArchimeDS/LOL/Bakushow/whatever is a game that’s so unique, such a brave concept, that you should at least give it a try and then decide for yourself.