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Young Thor Review

September 16, 2010

Young Thor is one of many “PsP Mini” titles released since the launch of the PsP Go in an attempt to get into the “small game for cheap” market the Iphone created.  While many of these games are ports or aren’t worth your time and cash, Young Thor is one of the exceptions as it’s a fun quick hit game that deserves some time and attention.

But why does it deserve your attention?  Simply put it’s just plain fun.

Young Thor tells the stale of Thor, the god of thunder….when he’s young.  The story has Thor trying to save the three norns of Yggdrasil, the world tree, after Hel, the ruler of the realm of death kidnapped them.  The game takes place in four different levels, each with four different variations.  These variations are just harder versions of the same level or special boss fights.  After all these variations are defeated a final level is unlocked.  In a few of these levels Thor will pick up some equipment, such as his famous hammer and a few other pieces of armor.

The game has a small RPG system within it giving Thor experience as he defeats enemies, giving him more health, mana and attack damage.  The later stages of difficulty, rated by the number of skulls, will require some lower level grinding in order to beat.  This doesn’t sound too bad on paper but since you’ll be playing the same level at minimum four times it can add a lot of fatigue in longer play sessions.

But since this is a mini title, it’s not supposed to be played through long spurts of time.  On the actual gameplay front the game uses 3D graphics but on a 2D plane.  You control Thor going left or right through the level, attack enemies with light, strong or thunder attacks.  He has a dodge as well as a jump but the dodge isn’t too useful most of the time.

Young Thor is a good mini title, it has fun gameplay and a nice, if simple leveling system.  There are in game achievements to give players something to aim for and a few challenges and even though playing the same level over and over again can be a tad annoying, it doesn’t subtract too much from the game as a whole.

Great

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