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Baobabs Mausoleum Ep.1: Ovnifagos Don’t Eat Flamingos Review – I think that’s long enough.

Readers, for the purposes of this review I will be referring to Baobabs Mausoleum Ep.1: Ovnifagos Don't Eat Flamingos as Super Eggplant. Thank you very much for understanding!

Super Eggplant follows Watracio Walpurgis – an alcoholic, chain smoking, vampire like eggplant; who is also an FBI agent who quite frankly has no clue what he is doing. What transpires through our protagonists split personality is a series of sourcing various items for NPC’s with little to no character building, which results in quite a flat gaming experience.

Jumble Sale of Sounds

Super Eggplant is an episodic based release, which gives this reviewer hope that future episodes will develop and expand Watracio and Co.’s story further. The main issue with Super Eggplant is that it tries hard to break away from the standard genre format. The end result is a random package of sound effects and sprites. Hearing a cat meow every time an option is selected gets pretty old… And fast.

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“This could have been a great mini game”

Some nice additions which also featured heavily in trailers are the video tape effects such as play icons, film wear, tracking etc. which work well as a novelty. After a while these sporadic effects make it hard to view on screen text.

Tracking Sprites

Graphically, Super Eggplant is actually a nice quirky sprite-based world. All sprites are created in a vibrant fashion which makes the game really pop. The various level and sprite designs are again overshadowed by the looming video effects that provide too much of a distraction for players to ingest.

This writer gets alternative humour and is a big fan of the cult hit ‘Darkplace’, but the sound engineering in Super Eggplant is about as brilliant as Gordon Ramsey’s tact. One can appreciate a quirky alert such as a chime when finding a special item, but for every single action in this game to incorporate this, is in this reviewer’s opinion, a bit too much.

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“A lovely looking shambles”

 

Verdict:

Graphics and Presentation: 1

Gameplay: 0.5

Sound: 0.5

Overall Score: 0.7/5

Baobabs Mausoleum Ep.1: Ovnifagos Don’t Eat Flamingos is a mash up of ideas with no real direction. The humour is present but is delivered by very flat characters. Let’s hope that future episodes are an improvement.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (Reviewed) and Steam

Release Date: 24/05/2018

Price: £5.39 (eShop)

Publisher: Zeruno Games Digital

Developer: Celery Emblem

Pegi Rating: 12+

Review copy provided by publisher

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