well now, thereâ€™s nowhere this can go butdownhill. i mean, if i say itâ€™s like a mobile game,everybody freaks out because mobile arenâ€™t real games or whatever. even though it islike a mobile game. a very good mobile game, but you wonâ€™t hear that part over the soundof people freaking out because mobile games arenâ€™t real games or whatever. so then,i have to lie to you, and say itâ€™s not like a mobile game. but as youâ€™re no doubt aware, iâ€™m theman whoâ€™s never told a lie, so then iâ€™m betraying my values. so thereâ€™s nowherethis can go but downhill. someoneâ€™s gonna be upset about this, whether itâ€™s me oryou. itâ€™s spy chameleon, for the nintendo
wii u. itâ€™s aâ€¦umâ€¦ itâ€™s an interactive software-type-thingthat is good. howâ€™s that? anyone butt hurt over that? so why does spy chameleon feel like a mobilegame? well, a couple reasons, the first one beingâ€¦itâ€™s arranged like any number ofmobile games. you have five missions, with 75 levels, and each one is kind of like itsown self-contained puzzle. you can play it or skip it, which is common in mobile gamesâ€¦andnot only that, there are also different objectives. so you can beat the level, sureâ€¦but youcan also beat it within a certain time, and
beat it while eating all the flies, and thenbeat it while collecting all the bugsâ€¦so itâ€™s similar to the way mobile games offerstars or badges for each level for accomplishing certain things. that way, these short levels get a bit ofreplay value. but you know, itâ€™s not just the structureof the thing. itâ€™s also the gameplay itself. this is really simple, really straightforwardstuff. the kind of thing that used to be called â€œarcade gameplay,â€ but these days, peoplescoff at as â€œcasual gameplay.â€ like, if pac-man came out today, the hardcore typeswould be like, â€œpfft, my mom plays that. thatâ€™s not a real game.â€
spy chameleon has that kind of feel. itâ€™sreally simple, takes about three seconds to understandâ€¦but itâ€™s also really fun, andaddictive. whether itâ€™s a â€œreal gameâ€ or not. whatever that means, like it could be an illusionor something. so you play as a chameleon, a spy, chameleon.and all you have to do is sneak through the level and avoid being spotted. everythingelse is secondary to avoiding search lights, security cameras, robots guards, you get theidea. of course, to do so, you have to think fast, move fasterâ€¦and change colors evenfaster yet. see, as a chameleon, you have one advantageover the security. you can change your appearance
to blend in with your environment, and thatâ€™scritical to staying out of sight. speaking of which, staying out sight getsmore and more difficult with each mission. as the levels progress, so does the challenge.and eventually, youâ€™re avoiding more searchlights than even solid snake would be comfortablewith. i mean, look at this, itâ€™s ridiculous. but thatâ€™s the thing about this kind ofdesign. when itâ€™s done well, you pair simple gameplay with complex level designs. and thatâ€™swhy spy chameleon does. the challenge is never frustrating, becauseitâ€™s never a struggle to play. i mean, you know exactly what you need to doâ€”you evenknow how to do it. so itâ€™s just a matter of doing it.
and thatâ€™s a hook that makes it very hardto put this thing down. i guess if thereâ€™s anything to nitpick aboutâ€¦iguess maybe the gameplay could evolve a little more. and actually, one thing i would changeis the style. spy chameleon is simple and clean, but itâ€™s not very memorable. evenif it looks and sounds good technically. so a slightly more creative presentation wouldâ€™vedone this game wonders. but again, thatâ€™s sort of nitpicking. for what it is, spy chameleon gets way moreright than it does wrong. this game was published by a company calledenjoyup. and i mention it because theyâ€™ve published a lot of stuff on the wii uâ€™seshop, and although theyâ€™ve certainly put
out some duds, some of their games are reallygood. unepic comes to mind; or the 99 games, like 99seconds and 99movesâ€¦and now, spychameleon. in fact, iâ€™d say this is one of their best releases, certainly one of theirmost polishedâ€¦and one of their most fun, too. if you like old-school, arcade-style gamesâ€¦ or i guess, mobile-style gamesâ€¦ youâ€™re gonna love spy chameleon, for thenintendo wii u.