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Kazook PSP

Published by Xplosiv
Developed by Monte Cristo
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £19.99

Kazook is a collection of rather strange mini-games that are all designed to be simple and fun. The game offers 30 mini-games and a variety of single and multiplayer game modes. The single-player modes on offer are Survival, Practice and Party Superstar. The multiplayer games are Wireless Multi (for ad hoc play), 2 on 1 which allows you to play a handful of games in a hotseat fashion passing the PSP back and forth between yourself and your opponent. There is also a Share Game mode where you’ll be able to share and play 5 games with a PSP owning friend who doesn’t own the game.

Of course you can have loads of game modes but if the games aren’t up to much then it’s all for nothing. The mini-games in Kazook are an acquired taste to say the least, but you’ll not get to experience most of them for quite a while. The games on offer are definitely different and unfortunately most are not that good. You’ll have games that are bizarre twists on air hockey, zombie shooters and go kart races. There’s even a game called Trash Radio where you have to censor the unsuitable topics by pressing the relevant button to silence the speaker.

As we’ve already mentioned there are 30 of them in all, although you’ll only be able to play 5 of them to begin with. Essentially you’ll have to earn cash to purchase the remaining games from the shop. The process of doing this is extremely tedious. Basically you’ll have to play the Survival mode where you pick a game and play it for as long as you can in order to rack up enough money. You’ll need to do really well at a game to earn the amount of money required to purchase new games and avatars as each game and avatar will cost you $10,000, which actually takes a while to amass.

Kazook hasn’t had a lot of thought put into its design. Thankfully the game is fine for deaf gamers, with game descriptions given in text, but that’s little consolation. For instance to begin with you can only pick from two avatars, an Afro-Caribbean man and woman. Yes there are other avatars available of different races but you’re going to have to cough up $10,000 for each one. You won’t be able to play the Party Superstar mode until all of the games have been unlocked, which means you’ll have to grind your way through Survival mode until you’ve earned at least $250,000 which is very disappointing to say the least. It’s doubtful many gamers will have enough patience with the game to see all it has to offer, especially when the mini-games aren't that inspiring anyway.

At just under £20 there are better titles to spend your money on. Kazook is a poorly designed product that’s comprised of mainly poor mini-games that most won’t have the patience to unlock. The game should have had more mini-games that were worthwhile and there shouldn’t have been so many of them locked to begin with. It doesn’t give a favourable first impression and even if you do persevere and begin to unlock games, the quality of them does nothing to encourage you to continue doing so.

Overall Game Rating 3.0/10

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Kazook is just one of those games that hasn't been thought through properly. Some mini-games are OK but most are poor and the effort required to simply unlock additional games is ridiculous.