Average User Score: 7.1Dec 31, 2010Reviewing Raskulls is a difficult endeavor. It's not necessarily a puzzle platformer and it's not necessarily a racing game, but it's bits and pieces of both. That being said, the experience it offers up is quite unique. Uniqueness is not necessarily always good, but in Raskulls' case, the execution is brilliant. I grew up playing hefty doses of Mario Kart and the regular Mario games, and I can appreciate the item boxes, the status effects, the frenzy - it's all executed very well within the game. The quest mode is fun, and offers a wide variety of sub-game modes within the overall framework of "run-and-zap" that the game becomes known for. Couple in some witty dialogue and you've got a winner. That being said, it's a short winner. The developers must have decided to hold out for some content packs which include more multiplayer game modes/maps in addition to an extension of the single player experience. In my experience, xbox live arcade games don't seem to hold nearly the multiplayer crowd that regular xbox games do. It's a shame, frankly, in this case, as I would love to keep coming back to the xbox live mode and challenging random players to races. This number will dwindle further if the developers release a DLC pack, as only the dedicated will stick around.
The ideal gamer for this game is someone who has played a lot of four player party/multiplayer games throughout their childhood and can appreciate the chaos, the frustration, the challenge of a game that is, at times, punishingly difficult. If you like challenging your high scores, if you like pushing yourself to always go a second faster every lap you take, this game will be right up your alley. On the other hand, if you're looking for a complete package, something that has both depth and breadth, it's likely that a content pack will be released to round out the experience (after all, why isn't the looting game mode and the mummy curse game mode available in multiplayer?) At $10, it seems to about hit the mark. As much as I like this game, I'll seriously be weighing whether investing in DLC in the future will be worth it after most of the fanbase has moved on to either regular xbox games or other arcade games in this ADD Xbox Live Arcade culture.… Expand