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DeathSpank

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox 360
79
4.1
PlayStation 3
81
3.8
Windows
75
3.5
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Description

DeathSpank is an action role-playing game by game designer Ron Gilbert. Described by Gilbert as 'Monkey Island meets Diablo', DeathSpank combines the humorous characters and setting of Gilbert's previous games with hack & slash, loot-heavy action gameplay.

Beyond the expected action RPG mechanics of slaying monsters and collecting weapons and armour, DeathSpank can also acquire Weapons of Justice. By striking enemies with combinations of different weapons, a "justice meter" fills. When filled, powerful attacks specific to each Weapon of Justice can be unleashed. A massive boot-hammer stuns all nearby enemies, the Cleaver of Cleaving strikes all enemies in radius, etc. Weapons and other items (healing and buff potions, food) can be mapped any controller face button or D-pad button.

DeathSpank features over 100 quests, a majority of which are optional sidequests. Conversations with NPCs use a dialog tree similar to many classic adventure games. Often conversations will allow the player to take wild tangents that are funny, but largely unrelated gameplay challenges. Some of the quests involve solving adventure game-esque puzzles, where non-combat items in the world can be found, combined and used in specific locations or with specific characters.

The story begins with the eponymous hero seeking for a powerful artifact known as "The Artifact." Coming very close to finally completing his quest, The Artifact is stolen away at the last minute by the minions of a wicked tyrant, Lord Von Prong. But it is soon revealed that a Von Prong actually desires DeathSpank's purple Thong Of Justice. He has kidnapped the local orphans and, as a Hero to the Downtrodden, DeathSpank must rescue them.

DeathSpank's art style uses a cylindrical "rolling world" with lots of pseudo-2D artwork to create the feel of a pop-up storybook. The world is populated with a number of horrible monsters, from the sneaky greems and chimeric bearalope, to the brutal orques (no relation to orcs) and the dreaded biclops. The game also features local co-op, where a second player can join at any time. They play as Sparkles the Wizard, a sidekick to DeathSpank with a fixed set of abilities.

Screenshots

DeathSpank Windows Outhouses - An outhouses serves as a checkpoint and as a transportation device (don't ask) for Deathspank, who here has just finished some important hero business.
DeathSpank Windows Dialog with the Demon Witch - Veterans of <i>Monkey Island</i> may recall some nostalgic humor familiarities here.
DeathSpank Windows Quest Log Screen - Lists main quests, sub-quests, and completed quests -- many written in a humorous tone. Hints may be unlocked here if the player has sufficient fortune cookings.
DeathSpank Windows Game Start - Surrounded by goblins, what remains of the heroic defense is the leftover blood and a yearning for a chicken drumstick.

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The Press Says

Game Revolution Xbox 360 Jul 13, 2010 A- 91
GameFocus Windows Oct 28, 2010 8.9 out of 10 89
Destructoid Xbox 360 Jul 14, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Windows Oct 27, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Jul 20, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Level Xbox 360 Sep, 2010 8 out of 10 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 26, 2010 78 out of 100 78
Game Over Online Windows Nov 22, 2010 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Jul 13, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Nov 03, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Comic

The main character of DeathSpank first appeared in a web comic called Grumpy Gamer, which was done by Ron Gilbert and Clayton Kauzlaric.

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