ASTERIX: THE MANSIONS OF THE GODS
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on December 9, 2014
The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely... One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium...
Does this sound familiar? If it does, it means you've read a couple of good comics in your time. It's of course the introduction text to every single Asterix comic. Asterix and Obelix are my childhood heroes, as I'm sure they are for many of you. With just a sip of their druid Getafix's magic potion, their strength increased unbelievably quick. Good news for the Gauls, bad news for the Romans trying to take over the land. Ah, the memories...good times! So when we received a review copy of Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods I didnít hesitate for a second; I had to play this game!
The game is based on the main story of the eponymous comic book. Julius Caesar has devised a new plan to get rid once and for all of those (in his eyes) pesky Gauls. So he sets out to build a new Rome surrounding the village of Gauls with the intent of driving them from their homes. Caesar calls this soon to be erected city: "The Mansions of the Gods'. Despite Asterix and Obelix's effort to bring construction to a halt, the new city does eventually get built. After that, everything kind of goes haywire!
Gradually, the Roman citizens occupy the space that formerly belonged to the Gauls. This naturally causes a lot of chaos within the village. Will Asterix and Obelix succeed in their quest to foil Caesar's plan? To do just this, you (the player) will alternatively take control of Asterix and Obelix, and fight your way through Roman legions and repair the damage said Romans have caused throughout the forest. Obelix will be hungry after that, so he needs to go boar hunting. In the Gaul village there are also problems to solve.
Itís fairly obvious Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods is a game, aimed at a young audience. So the tasks youíll get arenít that difficult and there are no difficulty levels. When you go boar hunting with Obelix you have to run around to chase after the boars and when your close enough, push the right button and the boar will disappear and your counter will add one to your total. The total of numbers that you have to catch will increase every round. That doesnít make things more difficult, it just takes more time.
Luckily there is a lot of variation to be found and fun to be had during the mini games/tasks you have to fulfill. I like to run around as Dogmatix to collect bones and catching fish in a tub when the fishmonger throws them at you. Brewing the magic potion with Getafix was also good fun. Youíll need to put the ingredients in the cauldron according to the recipe. After that youíll have to draw circles around the ingredients of the same type and color, using the stylus of your 3DS. If you succeed, the potion is ready for your friends in the village.
I personally always like a Whack-a-Mole style mini-game. In Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods itís called: Whack-a-Roman. The Romans will be in formation underneath their shields. In turn they will lift up their shield and when that happens you can give the soldier in question a good whack.
The characters are similar to the comics and the cartoons. The game is released ahead of a 3D feature film with the same name, set to hit the cinema's in December). Itís a fun game to play and you can really enjoy yourself playing the mini games. If you like to play a simple, colorful game with all the fun characters of the Asterix stories, you will not be disappointed.