Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer
This game is an incredible look at the myth & folklore of the Native Americans. To this day how the manages to survive & made their living in a land as inhospital & unforgiving as Native America, has never ceased to amaze & astound me. They continue to this day to be one of my favorite reading subjects. Now, about the game, this is the seemingly impossible take of a young native american named Brave to find Spirit Dancer. Young Brave's village is attacked & villagers decimated by the Wendigo, an ancient & malevolent spirit who possesses people to do its bidding. Brave faces a long & perilous journey to find Spirit Dancer, the only one who has the power to destroy the Windego. I myself have beaten this game several times, and still love it!! Play it and you will be hooked on its enchanting & hyphnotic charm!!
Terrible Game, Worse Representation of Natives
Before the review let me start off with just a few of the inaccuracies present in this bad Saturday Morning Cartoon-like game. First off, the developers knew little about Native American cultures (Brave wears warrior paint for a non-martial quest). Second, the Thunderbird is a giant bird said to be capable of producing thunder from flapping it's wings, NOT a thunder deity. Third, the developers do not have good knowledge of Native American words. I kid you not, when Brave, the lead/player and title character, enchants a weapon with lightning, he literally says "woman" during the incantation. *Now, first off, the gameplay is just like your average 3D Zelda game, specifically Ocarina of Time, but with a jump button. The graphics are really bad; they are a weird hybrid between Lilo & Stitch and Tak & The Power of Juju. The story itself... it's kind of hard to judge when the game's storytelling is so pathetic. Brave is given only brief interactions with the characters he meets (mainly spirits and such), and the majority of his time is spent alone so we don't learn much about the world he lives in. The game only gets good close to the end (no spoilers). The voice-acting ranges from pretty good to flat. While the choice of the Wendigo as the main villain isn't necessarily a bad one, the portrayal of the beast is way off. The game makes him out to be the evil-demon-warlord archetype (you know what I mean), but in actuality, Wendigos are malevolent cannibalistic spirits, man-eating giants.
A Surprising Find
Let me preface this review by saying Brave would have had a perfect 10, were it not so short; This being the only complaint, I have nothing but good things to say about it! You start the game without any real backstory or vivid animation before you get to the title screen, but the first stage is more like an intro unto itself. The introductory level gives you your basic movements and abilities. so it is important to pay attention. As the stages progress, you collect feathers to enhance your special abilities. In most stages you learn a new skill, like the ability to summon fire or thunder, or to summon the spirit of the mighty Bear. Most upsetting is the fact you only use these skills one time during gameplay. Having only spent a total of 22 hours playing Brave, I had no expectations going into playing, and I was rather sad to see my ultimate goal of completing the game; The graphics were vivid and clear, not choppy, , the story line was good for an original angle; The controls were tight and extremely responsive, even the movements of the character were well produced. The replay value is only due to the need for avid gamers to find all the totem statues in each level.
the sound is amazing but the gameplay, lasting apeal and graphics are hurrendous just look at how low i scored them