Looksley's Line Up - First Impressions

posted 17 May 2010, 15:12 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 10 Jan 2012, 14:05 ]
DSiWare | Puzzle / Hidden Object | Nintendo | 1 Player | 500 Nintendo Points

When I first saw the trailer for this game when it released in Japan, I was intrigued over the unique control scheme. So imagine my excitement when Nintendo announced that it was releasing on May 17th, and lo and behold, it's now on my DSi! Looksley's Line Up stars a rabbit who enjoys to write, and he needs your help to finish some of his stories. With unique face-tracking camera views, you'll be able to looked at boxed-in diaroma's in 3D view from multiple angles. 

Preparation is key in this game, much like it was in Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle. Playing in a well-lit area is important, as is positioning yourself in sharp contrast to the background area. Coloured pixels will help you monitor whether or not where you took the picture is a good place to be in. When you feel you match one of the example images to the best of your ability, you'll plunge into Looksley's magical world.

In each level, you'll need to be on the lookout for hidden letters that make up a single word. This is easier said than done, though. You'll need to be really observant as you maneuver the camera for even a simple water spill can be a significant find, at the right angle of course. When you think you've found something, you use your D-Pad to move the cursor towards the area in question, and press the A Button. You also have coins to help you purchase hints for when you're stuck, but these are also located in concealed areas. When you solve all the letters in the world, you'll be able to move onto a new area. But to complete the level in its entirety, you'll also need to find hidden pictures and silhouettes.

If you take care to make the proper preparations and play in the best circumstances you can, then the controls work pretty well. If you don't, though, camera movements can be quite sparratic. It'll be an interesting experiment to try playing this outside, or even in other situations. But in the meantime, even with the slight control issues, I'm definitely not regretting my purchase. A full review will be available for viewing soon on Wiiloveit!