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THE WAND OF WISHING for the PSP
Review by Gonz Bullon (GOJO)
March 31, 2006
Adventures: The Wand of Wishing
When Pojo emailed me and asked me to review a
game for him, I was quite excited. My ego inflated as I
thought he finally viewed me as a video game expert.
Unfortunately, my ego burst like a balloon when he told me I
was the only person he knew with a PSP and that’s why he
chose me! Even if he couldn’t see my expertise in video
games, I took on the assignment because he is the boss and I
was excited to see what game he wanted me to review. He
handed me Neopets PetPet Adventures: The Wand of Wishing. I
won’t lie, my excitement dwindled a bit because I knew
nothing of Neopets and because looking at the cover, it
looked like I would be playing as a bunch of teddy bears. I
should have remembered what Pojo taught me; never judge a
game by its cover. I mean, he was the one who recommended
all the Pokemon games for the Gameboy advance, (which took
many hours of my life and I still haven’t caught them all)
so I gave him the benefit of the doubt, reviewed the game,
and was pleasantly surprised.
Neopets PetPet Adventures: The Wand of Wishing is an action
role playing game. You are able to build up your characters
like a RPG but the fighting is happening in real time, think
of something like Kingdom Hearts for the PS2. The game opens
up with the bad guy, who looks like Shrek on roid rage,
cornering a gypsy woman demanding that she gives him the
wand of wishing. The wand would grant its user any wish. The
villain’s petpet gets the wand away from the gypsy woman and
falls into a hidden portal and disappears. The gypsy’s
petpet (that would be you) leaps into the portal after the
wand and that is where the adventure begins. You start off
going through a helpful tutorial which explains the way the
game works. Obviously your main quest is to get back the
wand of wishing (or else the game would have a different
title) but during your adventure you meet and talk to a
bunch of townsfolk who also need your help.
The Good: The best thing about The Wand of Wishing is that
it gives you choices. Right as the game begins you have to
choose your petpet. You have 4 petpets to choose from, each
of them having different strengths or weaknesses. I chose
Mazzew, the strongest petpet but not very good with magic.
Other choices you have are your weapons. There are a number
of weapons to choose from in the game, as well as armour,
and magic items. Another option you have is the order in
which you choose to complete the quests. You don’t have to
go for the wand of wishing right away, you could help a
number of townsfolk first and then go for the wand. I also
liked the game because I enjoy playing games where the
character stats improve based on your actions and decisions.
Towns have masters who will train you to improve your
attributes. (I’ve played a game like that before, towns
having trainers who give you knew abilities, I’ll have to
ask Pojo if he knows the game).
The Bad: One flaw I experienced while playing the game is
the camera view. You play the game through bird’s eye view,
with the option to rotate the camera right and left.
Unfortunately, the camera can’t zoom in or away. At times I
was fighting the enemy and I couldn’t even see them because
there was a tree in the way.
Another thing that upset me a little, (okay a lot) is that
there were times that I was getting shot at and the enemies
weren’t even on the screen. Sometimes those arrows hit
barrels which exploded and I was toast.
Overall: I would definitely recommend The Wand of Wishing. I
am someone who knows nothing of Neopets and I enjoyed the
game. True fans of Neopets would have a blast. The load
times aren’t that bad but that’s not fault of The Wand of
Wishing, more of the PSP. Remember, see past the cuteness of
these petpets and you have a pretty good game underneath.
GOJO signing off