ASTERIX & OBELIX XXL 3: THE CRYSTAL MENHIR
By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on November 26, 2019
Romans? Where?! Give me Romans! More Romans, I need more Romans!
Last year, I had the honor to review Asterix and Obelix XXL 2 Remastered and I was so happy to see the humor in this game is the same as in the movies I watched when I was a kid. So it brought back good memories and now we're back for even more, because Asterix and Obelix XXL3 : The Crystal Menhir has been released!
This adventure game starts with a simple mission, or so it seems. Your objective is simply to get a mail bag back. The mail man has lost it because the Romans took it. Those wicked Romans! Asterix and Obelix decide to go the Roman Camp Petibonum and just ask the Romans (nice and politely, of course) to give back the bag full of mail they took. When we get back in our village, one of the letters in the bag is actually addressed to our druid, Getafix. The letter is about a lady friend of him. He hasn't seen her since druid class, but it seems this lady is now being held hostage. Getafix wants to leave the village to save his friend, but the town chief is against it, for safety reasons of course. It is agreed that it would be better to send their two strongest men on this dangerous and mysterious mission, so naturally Asterix and Obelix are chosen for this task.
So, Asterix and Obelix have their main goal now, but it's not a like they can just travel to this destination and free Getafix' friend. You'll need to prepare yourself. Let's start by finding the proper transport. Now there is a guy with a boat, who would just love to take you but, alas, he can't set sail because his didn't renew his license yet. So another task awaits you. This game has a slightly open world approach when you're not in a Roman camp. For example, I was going through the woods around my village and came across a guy who needed help finding mushrooms. So you can complete side-missions as well.
But the real fun starts when you have to visit the next Roman camp level. These levels are somewhat more restricted as to where you can go, but the places you can actually go are filled with Romans for you to defeat and helmets for you to collect. These helmets can then be used as currency and traded for goods at the shops you'll come across during your adventure. And you will definitely want to have some currency about your person, because that's how you can upgrade Asterix, Obelix and even Dogmatix! Yes, Dogmatix is joining you during your adventures and he actually fetches items, so he doesn't just look mighty cute, he's also really helpful.
Now that we're on the subject of looks, I must say this third part looks significantly better than its predecessor and it also runs a lot smoother. Not that Asterix and Obelix XXL 2 was bad, absolutely not, but this third part is more polished and works even better. Me like! I also like those super cool details like when you stomp a Roman into the air, his sandals will stay on the ground, and the Roman will land on the ground later on. If there are other enemies around, this will even damage them, so use this to your advantage.
Although this game has a cartoon style, it's definitely not an easy game aimed for kids. The first three levels of Roman camps, even I didn't complete in one go, to be honest. And dying during a Roman camp mission, means starting all over again from the start of that level. The good news is you know what lays ahead now, so you can use it to your advantage and do it better this time around. And if you really want to spice things up, you can team up with a friend, because for the very first time a local coop mode is added to the game!
Gamers who like Asterix and Obelix will have a blast playing this game. It's a game where fighting and solving puzzles are mixed into the game play and you can enjoy the fun together, like Asterix and Obelix do! And let's be honest; if you can take the role of Obelix and smash Romans left and right with a menhir, you know you're going to have a wonderful time, am I right?