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Young Thor – The PS3 Attitude Mini Review

Submitted by on Tuesday, 20 July 20102 Comments

We’ve all heard stories about Thor and how he can conjure thunder and lightning with his mighty hammer Mjöllnir. Ever wonder what happened to the thunder god as a kid though? Young Thor takes us back in time to when Thor was just a mini god. Even then, he was still saving the world.

The three Norns, Skuld, Urd, and Verdandi, have be kidnapped by Hel and her minions. Our hero Thor must travel across Midgar and Helheim to rescue them and save Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Goblins, giants, spiders, and other ferocious creatures populate the world and only Thor can dispose of them. Luckily, he has his trusty hammer and other godly artifacts that will aid in his quest.

Young Thor is a cross between an RPG and a beat’em up. As you defeat enemies, you’ll gain experience which will increase your health, magic ability, and strength in battle. You can execute a variety of moves by pressing the Square button for normal attacks, Triangle for strong attacks, and Circle for magic. Meters at the top indicate how much life and magic you have left. Most of the time you’ll find yourself mashing the Square button however as you progress through the game, you’ll find that doing that in the later stages will likely result in death.

There are a total of 16 different levels scattered across four worlds, concluding with a battle with Hel herself. In actuality, the four worlds have four different variations of them. The backdrop and level layout remain the same while enemies and their positions change. For example, earlier stages might feature weak goblins and spiders while later ones will have giants or fallen warriors. If you feel you’re not strong enough to take on the more difficult levels, you can repeat ones you’ve already beaten to gain more experience.

The game isn’t perfect though. There were two instances where the level would either freeze on me or prevented me from progressing any further. Thankfully these appeared to be one time occurrences and everything was fine after a quick reset. Also, the frame rate will drop when there are a bunch of enemies on screen at once. This mostly happens when fighting against fallen warriors. It’s nothing game breaking but is noticeable.

Young Thor is a fun game to just pick up and play, even if it’s just for a few minutes. None of the levels are incredibly long or difficult yet you can find yourself wasting hours away gaining experience or hunting down the eight godly artifacts. For those mythology buffs out there, there’s a dictionary that gives brief descriptions on numerous Norse characters, items, worlds, etc. For the most part, Young Thor stays true to the legends.

For a mini, there is a surprising amount of depth to the game. In addition to the artifacts to collect and dictionary to explore, there are 50 achievements to accomplish. While they have no impact on the game whatsoever, they’re fun to earn, especially for those who like to complete games to 100%.

Its $4.99 price tag might seem a little steep but it’s well worth it. It’s a simple game with easy controls that anyone can just jump in and enjoy. If you are hesitant to purchase a mini because you feel they don’t give enough bang for your buck, this is the title that will change your mind. Young Thor is one of the best Minis available on the PlayStation Network.