Mr Coo: El Laberinto Esférico
Barcelona's Nacho Rodríguez puts his award winning flash animated character, Mr. Coo, in his first game, an adventure puzzler called Mr. Coo: El Laberinto Esférico ("The Spherical Labyrinth").
Rodríguez has a fun animated style like Pink Panther meets Ren and Stimpy, and a surreal imagination along the lines of Bill Plimpton with a bit of Salvador Dali.
The game starts out in an endless labyrinth, where you start the moment Mr. Coo falls to his death—but then he has a dream that turns into a "choose your own" path style of point-and-click adventure. You have several paths you can take, and each path has several different versions you can experience depending on a choice you made earlier. There's a fish eating game, a monster on a mountain puzzle, and a few more endings. You usually wind up back where you started, and must repeat again. And so the game goes, a bit in circles, but finding a new path, puzzle, or a new ending is part of the fun.
Analysis: Rodríguez uses a combination of animation and comic book conventions, like split-screen panels, to direct you to the next step. Very stylish and fun, the comic stills mixed with the animation is a nice touch. Fun, quirky puzzles, a surreal premise and a fantastic score by Rodríguez and Fernando dg Saburit make this game enjoyable to play.
I played the first couple rounds in Spanish before I realized you can choose English on the main title screen, and thought it added a little mystery not knowing everything being said. Having to repeat parts didn't bother me, although I would have liked to have an additional payoff or two. I look forward to another installment of this surrealistic adventure game.
Update (July 30, 2008): Nacho just informed me of a new update to the game that is now online. Included in this update:
Ok, there's a new user-friendlier version online:
- You only have to watch the first scenes twice, from the 3rd time you die you get a shortcut version.
- Also if you enter any correct password, you get this shortcut path.
- At the fish game you have now 5 lives, and it only needs to be won once.
- Any password that has this path finished frees you from playing the fish game again.
- And some other minor changes.