Spectrobes: Origins

Good
  • Transitions core mechanics (battles and excavation) into more active and fast paced gameplay
  • Collect a diverse set of 90 Spectrobes across five new elements
Bad
  • Simplistic story and core game loop is unlikely to appeal to older gamers
  • Combat (unlike your Spectrobes) never evolves throughout the game resulting in a repetitive cycle
7.5

Spectrobes: Origins is the third game in the series of monster battle titles and turns away from the Nintendo DS to bring the popular series to the Nintendo Wii for the first time. The game has a larger action focus than previous games in the franchise but still has the same monster collection aspect that made the original game exceedingly popular on the portable DS platform.

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Spectrobes: Origins has the same two main characters (Rallen and Jeena) as the previous games and again sends them on a quest to protect a star system from the evil army of the Krawl. While this story has many elements from the previous versions players don’t have to have completed these games as there is sufficient backstory provided to ensure you don’t feel out of place entirely in the universe.

Just like the games before it there is plenty of worlds to explore across the galaxy with the story spread across them along with fossils to find and many battle challenges to participate in. This time around though the Wii based Spectrobes: Origins pushes battlewards towards a real time focus with players taking control of Rallen or Jeena (each with their own skillset) with a Spectrobe at their side to help them fight the Krawl. Alternatively with local co-op on the Wii system you can tackle these challenges with a friend.

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Players can equip a variety of weapons to their character which will alter your battle tactics and provide plenty of combat depth as you play through the full game. When this is combined with the ability to switch between your six equipped Spectrobes as you please there are plenty of combinations to try as you find the ideal setup for the challenges within the galaxy. Spectrobe management has also been significantly improved with 5 new simplified properties of earth, water, fire, plant and sky that have your typical strengths and weaknesses against each other. Evolution has also removed the excessive criteria of past games to place greater emphasis on levels.

One thing that remains the same for your Spectrobes though is the method of acquisition with them extracted from the ground and carefully extracted from rock with a total of 6 different tools although primarily drills and lasers. An improvement over the previous games is that power ups and items aren’t found in rocks anymore which speeds up the finding of Spectrobes significantly and means you’ll be doing much less excavation overall.

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Overall Spectrobes: Origins is a great inclusion to the series and has a number of significant improvements over previous games to push it towards a focus on action and fast paced gameplay. The important core elements are still there though so fans will be able to fall in love with the series all over again on a new platform.

Summary:

  • An action packed adventure with plenty of exploration across a universe that needs saving from the Krawl.
  • Plenty of improvements to speed up gameplay from real time combat to lower evolution requirements and simplified extraction of fossils.
  • A large number (90) of Spectrobes to uncover, train and evolve through use in battle that belong to the five elements.
  • Many equipment options for Rallen or Jeena that can alter your core battle strategy.
  • Stays true to the previous games but adds plenty of new mechanics and Spectrobes along with a shift to the Nintendo Wii platform.

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Review Platform: Wii

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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