Important Importables: Ooedo Senryoubako (PSP) review

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Hot Japanese Imports: Ooedo Senryoubako (PSP) review

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Ooedo Senryoubako

Title: Ooedo Senryoubako
Price: $52.90
System(s): PSP
Release Date: February 23, 2006
Publisher (Developer): Taito (Global A)
ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero A (All Ages)
Pros: It can look kind of pretty, sometimes. It has a very unique style and atmosphere. It’s interesting to see just how they make some of the mini-games plausible for that time period.
Cons: Controls are give and take, but for the most part stink. Lots of kanji and text for what’s essentially a mini-game collection. Games can move slowly and haltingly.
Overall Score: 4/10

This week’s review is going to be a bit interesting, since my friend who helps me translate more difficult kanji is out of town. And since Ooedo Senryoubako, a PSP game I found at a local garage sale for $4, has an over-abundance of unfamiliar kanji and I can’t locate my copy of Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten, this review’s going to focus more on the mini-games than the actual story. Fortunately, Ooedo Senryoubako is a mini-game collection set in Japan’s Edo era.

Proof your worth by playing familiar mini-games tweaked to look like they’d appear in Edo.

Ooedo Senryoubako is all about the mini-games. You’re samurai/wannabe gangster guy who has to prove his worth and play through a wide variety of games. They’re all similar to ones we’ve seen in modern games (horse racing, shooter, battles, helicopter flying), only they’re all tweaked to make them plausible for that time period.

The horses are fake and going around a circular track, like a merry-go-round. The flying portion is a kind of man-powered-bike-propeller-contraption being assaulted by sumo wrestlers. I can’t even think of a plausible explanation for the shooting game – fireworks perhaps?

You’ve failed us Taito and Global A.

Where to begin, where to begin. The general presentation of the mini-games feels like a good start. The game places you in what looks like a little fairground or village area. You then visit different locations to play the mini-games. Unfortunately, most aren’t worth looking forward to. For example, winning at many of these mini-games is more about luck than skill. The AI controlled opponents that show up in some games seem to have an unfair advantage. Worst of all, some of the games barely crawl along.

Then there are the controls. The absolutely atrocious controls. In the horse racing game it is difficult to discern the right timing for pressing to make the horse jump. No matter when you press, it seems like you’re either leaping too early or too late. The shooting game is also a bit difficult to control and get accustomed to – it feels like what’s happening on the screen isn’t keeping up with what you’re inputing. The mini-games that involve flying, fighting and puzzle solving aren’t too bad, as long as time isn’t a factor.

The one saving grace of Ooedo Senryoubako is that the games don’t look that bad. They fit with the time period and atmosphere and are unique. I haven’t seen many other PSP games with a similar style or appearance. Sadly, the official website is long gone from the internet, and the only screenshots still available online are tiny thumbnails pictured at Famitsu. You can still get a general impression from them though, despite their size.

I hope the story’s fantastic, because the mini-games can be brutal.

When looking up the game online, trying to find some kind of information or screenshots, I found a Famitsu preview about Ooedo Senryoubako that stated the mini-games were simple, quick and great for commuters. Simple? sure. Quick? sometimes. Great for commuters? I think not. It’s definitely not the best PSP game I’ve ever played, but I’m not sure I’d call it the worst either.

Overall, Ooedo Senryoubako is just disappointing. You may be slightly amused by the constant appearance of hostile sumo wrestlers and whimsical mini-games, but the number of lackadaisical mini-games ones tarnishes the game experience.

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