FULL MOJO RAMPAGE
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on July 11, 2016
1. Containing all that is normal or possible
2. Complete in every particular
3. Of maximum or highest degree
1. A magic charm or spell
2. An amulet, often a small flannel bag containing one or more magic items, worn by adherents of hoodoo or voodoo
3. An ability or quality that causes one to excel or have good luck
1. A course of violent, frenzied behavior or action.
2. To move about wildly or violently.
Full Mojo Rampage: The act of totally and utterly kicking ass by using Voodoo magic… and a really fun game!
Yes ladies and gentlemen, Have we got another beauty for you today! Get ready to immerse yourself in the dark and dangerous world of voodoo, gods and rum! Full Mojo Rampage was originally released for PC on May 8, 2014. Now, two years later, it also transports Xbox and Playstation players to a world where Voodoo is everything. As a Voodoo apprentice, you’re always working in service to the gods themselves. But, as it turns out, Voodoo gods actually need help from time to time. You see, they tend to make mistakes once in a while and this is where you come in. Use your limited voodoo powers to rid the world of true evil and rectify the mistakes of your gods.
From the minds of the people at Over The Top Games comes Full Mojo Rampage; a rogue-like game featuring cool characters, procedurally generated levels and tons of wacky magic. Full Mojo Rampage can be played locally with up to 2 players, or online with up to 4 players. Your goal is to save the world from evil, using your voodoo powers, while constantly gathering new spells, wands, mojos, voodoo dolls and pins, medals and, of course, gold. But beware, the forces of evil are out for blood and will not rest until you are pushing up the daisies.
Luckily for you, a trained practitioner of Voodoo does not fear death, he embraces it! Death in Full Mojo Rampage, as opposed to death in the real world, is only a minor nuisance. Sure, you lose all objects in your inventory and weapons you may currently be wielding, but your XP and your gold will travel with you to the afterlife and back again. If you die, and have gathered enough XP, you’ll go up one level. Each level lets you upgrade one of your character’s base stats by one level, making it easier for you to survive your next play-through.
With the medals you collect during your travels, you can unlock extra Voodoo gods (or “Loa”), and Voodoo Masks. Each Loa has their own personal set of pros and cons, so be careful which god you decide to worship. Apart from unlocking stuff by for it, there are items which need to be discovered during you travels through the Voodoo realm before the can be used: the Voodoo Pins. These pins grant the Voodoo apprentice certain bonuses; some pins might grant you additional damage, while another might increase your attack speed or walking speed. Each one of these pins can be upgraded using the gold you earn by sending your enemies back to the pits of hell they crawled out of or opening treasure chests you might come across.
Although the world of Full Mojo Rampage is a dark and dangerous one, it looks absolutely fantastic. The beautifully crafted levels are a real feast for the eyes. Vibrant colors, cool particle effects and overall art-style create an atmosphere that fits the game’s theme perfectly. With its quirky soundtrack, wacky characters and cool levels Full Mojo Rampage does exactly what its name promises; be one hell of a game, filled with chaos, humor and dark magic. The first mission alone is a testament to this: Baron Samedi got really, really, REALLY drunk and somehow managed to open up a series of portals to the underworld, unleashing tons and tons of evil creatures unto the world. Oops! Time to close those portals! Be a good lad and close them for me, would you? Sure Samedi, whatever you say, just point me in the direction of the danger!
Once you start a mission, you’ll first get the opportunity to upgrade your character and your pins and unlock a new Loa if you are so inclined. Equip the right set of pins, choose your favorite mask and it’s off to Voodoo land, or, in this case, the world map. The world map consists of a series of levels you’ll have to clear. In the Baron Samedi quest, the main goal is to close the portals that the liquored up Baron accidently opened. If you manage to close all portals in that level, you will have cleared that level and are free to move on. Alternatively, if you haven’t scoured every inch of a level, yopu might miss out on some powerful magical trinkets or heaps of gold. So it’s your choice, will you take the safe approach and finish a level as quickly as possible, or will you explore every nook and cranny and come out a lot richer than you went in… or, if you’re unlucky and meet up with lots of enemies, a lot more dead?
When you are in a level, you might want to keep an eye out for glowing entrances to hidden parts of the realm. These entrances can lead to any of the following areas:
When entering a vendor, you get the chance to buy magical items with your hard-earned gold. These items can range from anything between health potions to magical staves that enhance your attacks to Mojo items that give you a passive bonus when equipped. You can also sell items you’ve found throughout the world at these vendors and make some quick cash.
If you’ve collected more Mojos than you can equip, it might be wise to seek out a mixing room. These rooms let you “mix” two Mojos, effectively combining their properties. This results in an even stronger Mojo and frees up much needed space in your equipment slots.
Pay tribute to the gods and reap your rewards. But be careful, Voodoo gods are known for their trickster mentality, so not every reward will be a blessing! And remember, you don't have to take the reward they offer you, you can always say no in a very loud tone of voice.
Treasure rooms are just what you’d expect; rooms containing a treasure chest. These chests can contain everything from gold to Mojos or other magical items.
When you manage to finish one level, you can move on to the next, and so on, and so on. Also on your world map, are side quests, and the aforementioned vendors and mixing rooms. The side quests are really fun to play, albeit quite challenging. You don’t have to complete them to complete the main quest, but they may just help you get that much stronger, faster or richer. Or, then again, they may help you become dead that much quicker. Your health will not automatically replenish when you finish a level, so be wary of side quests when you are low on health.
To be honest, Full Mojo Rampage is a lot more challenging than I initially suspected. Especially when you’ve just started playing, some enemies can almost kill you instantly. But please, don’t let that discourage you. Once you get the hang of it and see all the wonderful possibilities this game has to offer, you’ll be slaying your enemies like it’s no-one’s business! The single-most important thing to realize is probably the fact that you’re not playing Diablo with a massively armored barbarian. No sir, you’re just a tiny little Voodoo apprentice with an oversized mask and no armor besides your breeches, so act like it. Dodge whatever attacks you can and always, ALWAYS keep enough distance between you and your foes. When you can’t handle the Voodoo terrors the game holds on your own, why not invite a few friends to help you? As I’ve already mentioned at the start of this review, Full Mojo Rampage features 4-player online coop, as well as 2-player local coop modes. Band together and kick some undead ass! The Xbox One and PS4 versions of this game feature new content, enhanced visuals , better gameplay, new challenges, and the new “Endless Mode”, in which you must try to make your way through an endless level for as long as you can without dying.
I can only say that I am very impressed by what Over The Top Games have accomplished with Full Mojo Rampage. It’s a kind of game that, although you might die a lot, always has you coming back for more, because more is what we want! More Mojo, more gold, more pins, more enemies, more of everything! I really like the art-style chosen for the game, as well as it’s awesome soundtrack. The fast pacing of the game make it really fun to play and the procedurally generated levels guarantee that no two game sessions are the same, hugely adding to the game’s replay value. If you take all this into account and also add the local and online coop modes, one can only surmise that it is time to return to the world of Full Mojo Rampage and start kicking some more ass. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do! And you know why? I’ll tell you why; because Voodoo is my business, and business is good!
FULL MOJO RAMPAGE
Over The Top Games
May 18, 2014 (PC)
June 28, 2016 (PS4 / XBox One)