GOING THE EXTRA MILO; Cute and Colourful World of Lost Friends Serves Up a Cracking Puzzle Adventure

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GOING THE EXTRA MILO; Cute and Colourful World of Lost Friends Serves Up a Cracking Puzzle Adventure


ILOMILO **** 360

THE Xbox Live Arcade has come a long way since the console launched in 2005. Back then, we were given straight arcade ports for our cash, while every Wednesday turned into a special occasion as bigger and better games were drip-fed into our living rooms.

There have been many amazing games released via the 360's digital download service covering every genre imaginable, but there has been nothing quite like ilomilo.

Ilo and milo are friends, who enjoy spending time together munching on maple leaf flavoured biscuits and sipping apple tea.

The two pals get separated and it's up to the player to reunite the pair by traversing the levels, manipulating the environment and solving mindbending puzzles.

The player can flick between both ilo and milo and teamwork lies at the heart of the game.

Things start off at a fairly sedate pace, with the player simply asked to place blocks to reunite the chums.

However, as the game skips along, new twists are introduced by pirate hat-wearing dandy, Sebastian.

These include extendable blocks, spring-loaded cubes, switches, moving platforms and trapdoors, while the game regularly likes to throw a curve ball by messing around with gravity.

It might look like a loveably cute children's game, but ilomilo turns into a wicked and quite brilliant head-scratcher.

However, unlike many other puzzle games, it rarely gets frustrating, thanks to the simple control set-up and the adorable presentation.

Ilomilo's bric-a-brac world is reminiscent of LittleBigPlanet's home-made environments with levels constructed with felt, wooden and carpeted blocks, while the colours are vivid and awash with splurges of marmalade orange and midnight blues.

It's instantly appealing with gorgeous background detail to match.

The soundtrack is just as special, fusing trumpets, flutes, xylophone, harmonica and accordion to give ilomilo the feel of a Seventies children's TV programme. …

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