WONDERBOOK: DIGGS NIGHTCRAWLER
worms are dicks.
Diggs Nightcrawler certainly is. He’s a
worm, and he’s a detective in this beautifully animated, yet
slightly bizarre, collision of classic film noir with nursery rhymes
and assorted other random fictional fiction figments.
the second thingy that utilises Sony’s
comes-in-any-colour-as-long-as-it’s-blue Wonderbook augmented
reality, erm, book, and it does more with the tech than
a certain speccy-git
wizard’s world (although that was still impressive – just this
So yeah, you’re the generic ‘kid’ helping
Diggs crack a huge Library Town case – that of who bumped off the
somewhat Hitchcockian Humpty Dumpty. We won’t bother pointing out
what we did using the word “crack” when referring to an egg there,
but now we have so, umm... we’re just crap.
bumped off Humpty, so you help icky and slimy, yet immaculately
dressed, non-arthropod invertebrate Diggs disentangle the case, see?
It’s complicated by three little piggy coppers on Diggs’ tail (not
that he has one, he’s more tail-like if anything), see? To this end
you’ll pick your Wonderbook up off the floor, slide it, spin it,
shift it sideways and use it to steer stuff, see? It really is more
than just a book... see? Hence the name ‘Wonderbook’, we s’pose.
Through three brief chapters – we went start to finish in under
two hours, and the story’s a tad flabby at times - the sordid tale
unfolds. The stuff that the book can do is impressive, although
weaknesses in the otherwise impressive tech occasionally show.
Replays are required to nab all trophies, adding some (rather
dubious) life to proceedings.
While drenched in more noir
than a Sisters of Mercy fan convention, this game’s aimed squarely
at kids, and should keep them off drugs, red cordial and Bratz dolls
for a few hours. That’s gotsta be a goog thing, right