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Full Mojo Rampage Review

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In the past few years, gamers have witnessed a boom in indie developed titles, creating a new wave of experimental releases. One of the most common practices is bringing back old genres that have been neglected by larger publishers and either modernizing or mixing them with other gameplay styles. Full Mojo Rampage is an example of the latter, by combining elements of a twin-stick shooters with a Roguelite experience. All of it is wrapped in a cartoony voodoo theme making for possibly one of the most unique choices any developer could have made for this sort of title, something which I’m all for; more voodoo dolls in gaming can only be a good thing!

Starting the game, you can customize your voodoo character through pins which add bonus stats, choosing your voodoo God (called “loa”) which decides your spells and abilities, or permanently boosting your abilities by levelling up. Players can even alter the look of their character by unlocking new masks though this is a purely aesthetic change. At first, the variety will be limited, however through progression and perseverance players can unlock more items which become available on following playthroughs.

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Despite its wonderfully original theme, Full Mojo Rampage has no real premise or story to speak of, instead, players are given four quests to undertake which are just maps with several randomly generated stages. Each of these carries an objective, but unfortunately there’s little variety between them, boggling down to either finding the exit or collecting items before finding said exit.

As expected from twin-stick shooters, your progress will be hindered by hundreds of enemies who will waste no time in swarming the player. All of them carry a very cartoony and child friendly design, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous as I constantly found myself walking in circles and dodging around them as I kept shooting and casting spells. Killing them will earn you gold coins which can later be redeemed towards purchasing masks and loa or upgrading pins. Occasionally an enemy may drop a power-up, item or gear. The first temporarily improves your main attack, with homing capabilities, lasers, spread shots or any other Contra-esque weapon variation. The other two possessions are more closely tied to the game’s RPG roots. Equipment increases your stats as long as they are in the correct slot, whereas items can generally only be used once, but grant healing properties, temporary boosts or in some cases have an equal chance of granting a permanent bonuses/penalties.

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Maps are also littered with traps, environmental dangers, secrets and special rooms. The latter can lead to chests, shops or even a chance at meeting Loa which are the closest thing Full Mojo Rampage has to NPCs. Their dialogs are quirky and fun to read, but are over too quickly, I would have loved a chance to learn more about them. Visiting them however can be a risky venture, while they generally grant you bonuses sometimes their deals carry a price which will often involve reducing your maximum HP or increase the game’s difficulty.

Staying true its Roguelite nature, players are expected to complete quests with just one life, losing results in either restarting the quest or quit to the main screen. Regardless of the choice, all of the gear, items and bonuses collected will disappear, but not all is lost as collected gold and experience stay with you as do your new stats when the main character levels up. Upon completion of each level the game prompts you with a short text blurb detailing your progress. Finishing a ‘quest’ also feels extremely unsatisfying, as the game presents you what amounts to little more than a congratulatory message before unceremoniously prompting you to the main screen.

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In addition to the main four quests, there’s an endless survival mode, which as the name implies is a test of endurance and a daily randomly generated quest.  These work well in theory, but in practice there are no new objectives that weren’t already in previous quests, so repetition does set in.

Full Mojo Rampage features a slew of multiplayer options, ranging from the usual online co-op to competitive modes like deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag and king of the hill. Unfortunately finding players can be a daunting task. With a little time and persistence I was able to get a couple of co-op games going which were definitely more chaotic than their single player counterpart, though thankfully the game is kind enough to offset this by actually granting lives. As for the competitive modes, try as I might, I just could not find any player, likely these issues will only get worse in time. Finally we have the local co-op option, a mode which I was looking forward to, but unfortunately, I soon discovered in this mode, only the host can pick up gear, power-ups or level up, whereas the second player is left with a severely watered down experience.

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Graphically, the game has a very appealing, child friendly art style with seemingly endless hordes of cutesy skeletons and chickens out for your blood. On a technical level, the bells and whistles are kept to a minimum ensuring most gaming computers should be able to run it without a hitch. Even a budget graphics card should be able to max out Full Mojo Rampage’s settings while maintaining a steady frame rate.

While not quite as frantic as Super Smash TV, Full Mojo Rampage’s Roguelite features help prolong its expected gameplay length as there are only four quests to undertake. The most egregious issue however, is the general lack of an online community in a game that would have heavily benefited from it, made even worse by an incomplete local co-op option. With that said Full Mojo Rampage’s single player portion is a lot of fun as you explore each stage extensively for new and better loot.

Full Mojo Rampage was played on the PC with review code provided by the publisher.

In the past few years, gamers have witnessed a boom in indie developed titles, creating a new wave of experimental releases. One of the most common practices is bringing back old genres that have been neglected by larger publishers and either modernizing or mixing them with other gameplay styles. Full Mojo Rampage is an example of the latter, by combining elements of a twin-stick shooters with a Roguelite experience. All of it is wrapped in a cartoony voodoo theme making for possibly one of the most unique choices any developer could have made for this sort of title, something which I’m…

Review Overview

Gameplay - 80%
Control - 70%
Aesthetics - 80%
Content - 75%
Accessibility - 85%

78%

Good

Summary : A fun, cartoony voodoo themed romp that provides a good challenge and is best when played online.

User Rating: 3.75 ( 5 votes)

About Gonçalo Tordo

Having grown up with both consoles and a PC, Gonçalo ‘Purple Wizard’ Gonçalves will play anything from Wizardry to Halo including JRPGs, Adventure games, Wizardry, WRPGS, Shooters and Wizardry.

26 comments

  1. Thanks, Goncalo! Suprised to see a non-Robert review!

    I haven’t heard of this one. Actually sounds pretty cool.

  2. Reminds me a lot of The Binding of Issac, but obviously not coded in Flash because it looks 10x better.

  3. Is there controller support for the game? Barring that, how is M/K control?

    • Yes, it works with an Xbox 360 controller though I’ve never tried with my PS3 controller. The keyboard and mouse controls were fine, I never felt the typical WASD+mouse combination was a poor man’s choice.

  4. Almost looks like something Rare might have made if there weren’t in Microsoft’s pocket making games for a dead peripheral.

    • Not to take away from the review but what’s everyone’s take on Microsoft making a Kinect-free machine?

      Goncalo: Game looks great. I wonder if they’ll port it to console.

      • Tech and gameplay wise it doesn’t look like a console port would be a difficult. The game even ran fine with my 360 controller. I definitely hope they port it.

        • Speaking of Kinect- MS has done a 180 more time than an Olympic snowboarder. On one hand they’re listening to their audience, which means they’re losing badly, but they also don’t seem to have an agenda with their machine beside Dudebro shooters.

          Basically, I should be more inclines to buy an Xbone, but after all these fumbled, I’m less inclined.

          • I’m sure MS felt forced, but at what point does your credibility come into question.

            They basically went from Kinect is XBox One to no- it’s not required.

          • I think MS is smart for finally dropping the Kinect.
            Don’t work/don’t want!

  5. Jay is the Name

    Wow, $9.74 on Steam right now. That’s not a bad price. How long does it take to finish the game?

    • Just for the main quests? I’d say 10 hours or so. Though there’s also an endless mode and a new “daily quest” every day. Don’t expect much in way of a story though.

  6. Bought it about 45 minutes ago.

    It a quick download- maybe 1/4 of a GB.

    First (procedurally generated) level is easy. Shut down two towers. But the second is hard as hell. I die and have powered up a few times, but then it’s back to square one. Now, I’m stuck at level 3 and XP is coming is too slow.

    I wish you could keep weapons, the basic one is pretty weak. So far good gameplay, but I feel like I hit a wall.

    • It’s really a mix of leveling up, being lucky with the gear and learning the enemies’ patterns. The roguelite elements are the reason why you lose your gear. Remember you can upgrade your pins though. Even select multiple pins.

  7. Yeah, I did that. And I grab gear, but a few hits and I’m dead on the second level (my HP is maxed at 300).

    • Yep, most enemies kill you rather easily especially if you’re playing with Baron Samedi which has no healing skills. If you collect 10 coins you can purchase the Loko loa, which is basically the healer build of the game.

  8. Good review, Goncalo!

    I might have to pick this one up!

  9. Can you zoom in or are the graphics always so tiny?

    • You can zoom in somewhat, though probably not as much as many would like. Here’s a screenshot of me playing with the game fully zoomed in.

      • That seems to be the right amount of zoom. You need to see where enemies are coming from after all.

  10. Hows the matchmaking? I was thinking about picking up a few copies with my friends.

  11. There’s no automated matchmaking process, rather the game takes you the server list screen. Personally I’ve always liked this method better.

  12. Good review, but not quite like Roberts 50 cent words and dollar phrases.