Playing Namco Bandai’s Majin

Alison Young
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January 12, 2011
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My first impression of Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is that it’s similar to Zelda. This action-adventure title was recently released by Namco Bandai Games and boasts an engaging storyline filled with rich character interactions and robust game-play.

You go through the single-player campaign as Tepeu (a nimble thief). He is a legendary guardian and rumored to possess the ability to rid the kingdom of the darkness (a black ooze that is gradually engulfing the land). You end up rescuing and bonding with a mysterious creature (a gentle giant) named Majin. He reminds me of a cross between a Muppet character and a gigantic Chia Pet.

Your/Tepeu’s goal is to help Majin restore his power and memories. By doing both, you enable Majin to destroy the source of darkness. Majin is your muscle to fend off your foes and solve various puzzles. It’s these puzzles along with the nice visuals that keep you interested in the game. In addition, you find other characters such as birds or mice that drop you hints along the way.


The game will take you a total of about 16 to 20 hours to complete, depending on how long you spend on the puzzles. A couple of drawbacks I see are the underdeveloped combat (you only have two standard attacks, yet earn combos), and some of the characters’ voices need a little work. Also, sometimes Majin’s childlike behaviors become distracting. Despite those few things, it’s still a good game that I’d recommend.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is rated T for Teen and retails for $39.99. It is available for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, and you can find it at your nearest Best Buy (http://www.best-buy.com) or Amazon.com.

 

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Click Chick’s Mobile App of the Week: Pidgin 101

If you grew up or have lived here in Hawaii for a while, chances are you’re very familiar with pidgin English and how to speak it. Here we have another locally grown app: Pidgin 101. Rather than a paper dictionary, this app is the electronic/portable way of translating our favorite Pidgin words for our non-Hawaii friends.

Local radio personality, comedian and entrepreneur Lanai Tabura decided to creatively use his knowledge of pidgin and share it with the world with this app. “Pidgin English is part of our culture, our history,” Tabura says. “If you were born or raised in Hawaii, it’s part of you and what makes us such a unique people. Hawaii is so special, and my kids need to know why we have all these kapakahi words, why we use them and where they originated. If this generation doesn’t preserve these words, it will be lost!”

Find Pidgin 101 for 99 cents at the iTunes App Store, and look for it in about a month on the Android Market and BlackBerry App World.


On a side note: I have to apologize about last week’s App of the Week feature: The big 99 cents sale that Electronic Arts was having on all its apps was taken down before that issue of MidWeek was published, so many of you visited the iTunes App Store to find those apps listed at full retail price.

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