Get your skates on!
The Monster High TV series from Mattel, which revolves around a school for the children of famous monsters, is expanding its reach by releasing Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze on the Nintendo 3DS. The arcade racing game aimed at Tween girls, which has been developed by Little Orbit and is being distributed by Namco Bandai, launched late last year on the Wii console and proved popular over the holiday period. But as of March 13th, young girls will be able to take their rollerblading on the road with the 3DS version.
In Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze, players can join their favourite ghoulish characters for some rollerblade racing action as they go head to head in an experience that is set to challenge their skating skills.
This single player experience is made up of a selection of different race modes including circuit, relay and quick race. The player begins their game by choosing a team of rollerbladers from the 12 different popular characters from the show. The characters each have different abilities and their size will also have an effect on their racing. Heavier characters will have more strength and be able to withstand more damage, but are slower and less agile than the weaker, lighter characters.
A simple tap of a button will change out your racer when they get low on energy, exchanging them for another, fresher member of the team. The tracks themselves are actually quite large, making for some lengthy racing sessions. The player will unlock further tracks as they progress through the races.
As you rollerblade around the tracks, you’ll come across power ups that will help you skate your way to victory. Spirit coins need to be collected along the way to fill a meter and activate that characters special ability. The different abilities are quite fun to use and range from throwing projectiles at other racers or becoming invincible for a limited time.
It’s very easy to be knocked by the other racers or for an object to get caught in your blades, sending you hurling to the floor. The controls are simple to use, but it can be quite difficult to see upcoming obstacles before it is too late to avoid them.
Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze has options for customizing both the individual characters and the teams, and has plenty of hidden secrets to find long the way. However, the game is single player only, lacking any multiplayer modes or even use of Spot Pass, which severely limits the appeal to any but hardcore Monster High fans.
Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze for 3DS will be in stores this Wednesday, March 13th.