|Reviewer: Ralf Loire||Date: Aug 3, 2002|
|I'm surprised that hardly anyone I know has even played this game. Maybe it's because of the game's box art (I'll admit, when I saw this game in the shelves of stores, I wasn't very impressed with the box art), and I'm wondering if that had something to do with this game not catching much interest in a lot of gamers. When I decided to give this game a try about a week or so ago, I couldn't believe what I was playing.
S.O.S is a rather interesting game, to be honest. I've beaten this game several times, and I still seem to enjoy playing it now and then. It's got a unique way of making itself a platformer, yet, somewhat of a puzzle game.
As you play through S.O.S., the ship rotates at any random time, thus, changing the angle at which you have to operate at. This can be played to your advantage or disadvantage, and, while at times can be a pain, it can allow access to other places that you normally can't reach at a straight 90 degrees angle.
Plus, the game's got a good amount of depth. The objective in S.O.S, is to escape the capsized ship in an hour. Not as easy a task as you may think, as there are also a ton of survivors that you can take along with you, should you meet them and get them to go with you when you've done the right thing, and each survivor is worth a different number of points. But you can only take 7 or so with you, some of them being objective characters for that character you are playing. So, there are several different endings.
My only major gripe with this game is the survivors' AI... at times when the ship capsizes, and you call them to come to you, they'll get stuck trying to get past an obstacle or a platform, or sometimes making a bad jump that gets them killed... and that can be annoying at times.
All in all, S.O.S. is as an impressive game as it is interesting. And I still can't see why hardly anyone didn't play this game back when it came out.
Even though this game may have a couple downsides, S.O.S is still a worthwhile game to play, and will keep you busy for a while. As long as you can work around the little kinks this game has, you won't be disappointed by it. =)