Wahey! It’s The New Zealand Story all over again!
From Auckland Game Works comes this remake of Taito‘s 1988 arcade platformer, featuring a lively cast of wildlife including snails, hedgehogs, sharks, pukekos and lots of cuddly kiwis. The story goes that one day a mad alien sheep in a flying saucer kidnaps all of Nik the Kiwi’s friends. Feeling that this isn’t very sporting behaviour even for a space sheep, he sets off to rescue them. Zany, eh? Look, this is New Zealand, and they’re all a bit bonkers over there, so show some sympathy
The Kiwi’s Tale sticks faithfully to the gameplay of the original. Control your kiwi, armed with a bow and arrow, and rescue all of the prisoners scattered about the maze-like platform levels. There’s a colourful variety of locations to adventure through with plenty of humorous touches, and the levels that I’ve played so far have been nicely designed and pleasantly challenging. The controls are responsive either using keyboard or gamepad, and the audio is particularly well done, with lots of larger-than-life sound effects and several fitting music tracks. My only complaint is that graphically the game is a little inconsistent – some sprites and backdrops are done better than others. Having said that, the overall quality is good, and you could argue this minor niggle only adds to the game’s retro charm.
There are a good few hours of enjoyment to be had here and I’d definitely recommend The Kiwi’s Tale as a worthwhile game to play through for all the family!