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Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity

by Les Thomas - January 22, 2008, 8:04 pm PST
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6.5

Not as long-lasting as the name suggests.

Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity is a single player action game based on the popular animated children's series. The game and show play out the same, as 2-D action in the show's reality, and 3-D action in digital Lyoko, keeping the series' distinctive art style intact. However, while faithfulness to the show initially is promising for the game's target audience—fans and younger players—this game fails, stunted by bland graphics and thoroughly basic gameplay.

The series chronicles five boarding school techno brats who travel to a virtual world called Lyoko. The quintet of Aelita, Jeremie, Odd, Ulrich and Yumi battle to save the planet from the megalomaniacal digital entity named Xana. The supercomputer path to Lyoko is located in a secret basement of an abandoned factory near their school. If, like many, you're not familiar with the series, you will need a primer before jumping into the zany world of Kardic School and the adventurous Lyoko.

The controls are simple and work well. In the real world of the game's Kardic School, you can talk to the various people around campus by pointing at them and pressing "A", as well as navigate through menus to access goodies, contest rooms, and the gateway to Lyoko. In the 3-D virtual world of Lyoko, you use the Nunchuck and Remote to control Ulrich, Yumi, Odd, or Aelita. You can cycle through the characters with the control pad, and the Remote is used in different ways to execute character-specific attacks. For example, holding "B" and swinging the Remote executes Ulrich's sword attacks. Holding "B" and pointing at your target, then releasing "B" will throw Yumi's deadly metal fans. You can jump and grapple walls with "A". Also, during a few missions you maneuver a craft through the Digital Sea by steering and aiming with the pointer and firing missiles with "B".

The controls are a strong point aside less attractive gameplay. From the beginning, the game saturates the player with dread from its uninspired simplicity. Fun is to be had in switching characters and using their moves to overcome obstacles, like using Odd's laser arrow to disable barriers. Still, most of the time you blow up data, snails, and whatever baddies come into view. That's about it. While the game has some interesting window-dressing, the game's plot has no pace or progress: not much story is given in-game, and none is in the instruction guide or on the packaging. So unless you know the series, prepare to be clueless for a while, and then exhausted with your efforts for trying to follow along.

Being thoroughly under-whelmed myself, I decided to gauge the effectiveness of the game on its intended audience. My 12-year-old niece was visiting for the holidays and had a go at the game. "This is a disgrace. It's not going to be a top seller, now, is it?," she blurted out after subjecting herself to Code Lyoko for over an hour. And then she asked a more damning question, "What's the point?"

I also watched an episode of the show for good measure. I was happy to find that gamers are not the only ones subjected to the cheesy theme song. The game's graphical look is very similar to the show's, and is an attractive transfer that represents the niche of the show and its divergent art styles. The sometimes stark CGI world of Lyoko on the show is represented well in the game, though (since not pre-rendered) technologically inferior. One of my primary criticisms of the game, its segmented, mission-based structure, faithfully reflects the show's episodic nature, making the game a proper release for fans of the series.

Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity is clearly intended for fans of the show and younger players. The effective control scheme and funky art style are enough to float the game above mundane, and fans of the series will be mostly content with the game's presentation. However, players will find the repetitive mission-oriented gameplay, with little payoff or progression, to be problematic and uninspiring.

Score

Graphics Sound Control Gameplay Lastability Final
7 6 7 6 5.5 6.5
Graphics
7

The show's graphics and animation lend themselves to this game. The various worlds and art styles are duplicated well on the Wii. The world of Lyoko is attractive but lackluster.

Sound
6

The game keeps the series' character voices, theme songs, and sound effects intact, but there is a lack of quantity and quality of original sound content.

Control
7

The controls are fun and easy to master. Switching characters and executing their attacks is a breeze, so it's slightly annoying when the gameplay does not keep up.

Gameplay
6

The game is a series of scripted, text-based interactions with key characters in reality and 3-D missions in digital Lyoko. The series' 2-D world is attractive, humorous, and easy to navigate. While you can bang around the controls and have fun during the missions in Lyoko, the lack of depth and simplicity of design will leave you wondering what's happening even hours into the game.

Lastability
5.5

Only fans of the show might find themselves playing this one again. Everyone else will have fun for a few rounds, and then go back to playing something else.

Final
6.5

The game delivers on the trademarks of the show, but serious fans could be bothered by the repetitiveness and poor pacing of Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity. Still, it provides some fun, cheesy moments, effective controls, and briefly enjoyable combat. Overall, Code Lyoko stops short of feeling like a complete game and falls into mission-oriented boredom, making this game nothing more than a novelty for its key audience.

Summary

Pros
  • Easy to switch playable characters
  • Fun to execute character attacks
  • Game design faithful to series
Cons
  • Animation clearly marketed at younger players
  • Flimsy, mission-oriented gameplay
  • Lacks back-story for players not familiar with series
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Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity Box Art

Genre Adventure
Developer Neko Entertainment
Players1

Worldwide Releases

na: Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity
Release Nov 16, 2007
PublisherThe Game Factory
RatingEveryone 10+
eu: Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity
Release Nov 23, 2007
PublisherThe Game Factory
Rating12+
aus: Code Lyoko
Release Nov 28, 2007
PublisherThe Game Factory
RatingParental Guidance
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