Full Mojo Rampage by Over the Top Games, a roguelike game that is set in Voodoo reality, was released on 8th May 2014 on Steam. It was through the grapevine that this game was brought to my attention. The independent game developing team also made the successful Wii game NyxQuest so it came to my surprise to find that the press had shown little interest. I had to find out more about this unknown game.
In it, you are a voodoo keeper that has a thirst for knowledge. You need to keep yourself alive as you go from level to level and perform deeds for the voodoo gods, Loa. Each Loa has unique abilities that help you, but intially the player starts with Baron Samedi, who has a balanced set of spells for beginners. On the way you can find voodoo dolls and mojos that will help you become the true master of the terrible powers of Voodoo. Mojos are enchanted voodoo items that can either benefit you or hinder you. Visiting Loa at their shrine potentially can make it stronger by forming pacts or potentially be tricked by some devious Loa. Another item of great important are voodoo pins, these provide a variety of bonuses. You can upgrade your character and Loa as experience increases and medals are found.
This game is great: it’s very addictive, but challenging. Not only is there single player, but multiplayer too – bring 4 people together for co-op missions or to battle it out in vs mode (Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, or King of the Mojo). The graphics are cartoonishly fantastic, as can be seen in the launch trailer. It is similar to Castle Crashers, and certainly is an under-appreciated style that needs to be used more often. The music, composed by Alistair Lindsay, is almost scenic and light-hearted, with a slightly eerie tone that adds to the atmosphere of the game.
So, how was the game? I died within minutes. Repeatedly. Is this bad? No, because dying is all part of the game. You don’t lose experience, you don’t lose gold or medals. It all adds up and you get that real sense of achievement when you finish a section or level. There are skeletons, Frankenstein monsters, voodoo men and even more interesting enemies to battle. The spells and abilities that can be upgraded or even found can be quite fun. At one stage I had a discoball!
Dying is not the end, only the beginning to becoming a stronger voodoo soul! – Over the Top Games
The controls do take a little getting used to, but the game is fully compatible with the Xbox 360 controller. So far, that is the only disadvantage I can find – otherwise, it’s quirky, it’s fun and a game that needs more recognition. I love this game and highly recommend it to anyone.
Rating: 8 out of 10