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What's great about Darkened Skye is that it's self-aware and doesn't try to be anything more than what it really is. The humor is excellent and doesn't really let you down. It is extremely hard to cover a marketing campaign as big as this one, but Boston Animation, with the help of Simon and Schuster's secret coverage, really did a good job. If you like fantasy worlds, the Skittles commercials, or witty, tongue-in-cheek games, this one is recommended for you.
To off-handedly dismiss this title as just another marketing gimmick would be a mistake. While it is true that the recurring theme of Skittles is touched upon, the development team had the insight to work the product tie-in in a respectable (if that is possible) way that actually fits quite snugly into the overall theme of the game. The sometimes-awkward gameplay dynamics and annoying platforming requirements can harsh your buzz at times but on the whole you’ll find this game to be 1part annoying and 3parts entertaining, so, you do the math. At the very least snuggle up with a bag of Skittles and give this game a rental.
Darkend Skye proves to be a novel attempt in the action-adventure genre by Simon and Schuster Interactive. Some more polish and this game could be better but currently, it’s average.
All things considered, Darkened Skye is a better game than a Skittles-licensed game has any business being. Sure, the actual gameplay isn't the most compelling, and the graphical presentation could've used some optimizing, but its sharp, self-deprecating wit helps motivate you to the next puzzle or platforming section, if only to hear another one-liner. But if sarcastic humor and some cringingly bad puns don't sound like your idea of good comedy, you should probably pass on Darkened Skye, as the game doesn't really have much else to offer.
Darkened Skye features some great writing and excellent voice acting. However, the rest of the game is pretty dull. The gameplay is boring, the graphics are plain, and the controls are loose and floaty. However, if gameplay and graphics don’t matter to you, and you want to see a well-written story, then you should give Darkened Skye a look.
Armchair Empire, The
Although Darkened Skye hits the high notes with it’s humor, it has a few too many flaws to make it a permanent part of your gaming library. However, if you want to see how funny a game can be, go for the rental. (Not only that, you get to see one of the strangest commercial tie-ins ever.)
If you’re looking for an enjoyable game full of fun, good humor, and some fast paced action at the end of a solid oak staff, Darkened Skye is the game for you. Once completed though, it has little replay value, unless you leave it for a few months and come back to it once your brain is partially purged of the memories of the game. The first time through, however, you’re guaranteed to find Darkened Skye an enjoyable experience that’s a pleasure on the eye and not too taxing on the brain. Don’t expect Zelda... hell don’t even expect Starfox Adventures quality. And you’re sure enjoy this game.
Darkened Skye really has some amazing moments, especially in the script. The jokes will make you have some fine moments, but that's not enough to make this a must-buy. If you really believe a well done script is all it takes to have a fun experience, buy it. If not, then give this one a rental.
The entire Darkened Skye gameplay experience is nothing new or exciting if you've played any remotely similar third-person adventure title during the past five years on any system. It's a short-lived adventure that experienced gamers will pass with flying colors (pun) and little intrigue. While the control is solid and liberating, the combat and action elements feel rushed and void of depth. Items and spells are always a good touch, but those in Darkened Skye are so standard that only newcomers or true Skittles® fanatics will find them interesting. After hours of collecting magical Skittles® running quickly through a barren 3D world, and I'm left only with an uncontrollable urge for something sweet from the vending machine.
Bon, on ne va pas s'étendre sur le sujet des heures et des heures. Darkened Skye est un jeu raté qui ne trouvera ni son public chez les amateurs d'aventures (les énigmes sont bien trop nulles) ni chez les fans d'action (les combats sont super mous). Reste les mangeurs de Skittles...