Evil Twin: Cypriens Chronicles
Platform games will forever be synonymous with consoles. The PC hasn't had a decent platform game in ages, and while Evil Twin is full of clever ideas, it's hardly going to revolutionalise the genre. Evil Twin revolves around Cyprien, an anti-social orphan who gets himself into all sorts of trouble by having a worryingly over-active imagination. Which means the story turns out to be a convoluted mishmash of LSD-induced dreams and The Nightmare Before Christmas -perfect for a platform game.
The controls for Cyprien are quite intuitive, and with the joypad, it's a joy to play and extremely easy to pick up. The graphics are above average, with good quality textures and some excellent special effects, but again, there's nothing in this department that will make you sit up and take particular notice. Sound, unfortunately, is a low point, with uninspiring music and pathetic voice-acting spoiling the otherwise excellent atmosphere that the rest of the game creates so convincingly.
The levels and action are entertaining and well thought out, and there is an added bonus of being able to switch to a first-person mode while aiming. Another nice touch is the ability to change into Cyprien's alter ego, SuperCyp, who has a collection of superhuman skills that add depth and an extra dimension to the proceedings. If you're looking for a challenging and entertaining platformer with a clever twist and varied well-thought-out levels, then you need look no further - just don't go expecting anything new, innovative or ground-breaking.
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Originally planned as a feature CG film, Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles has instead turned into a video game. The star, the Chucky look-alike Cyprien, is pulled into a parallel world that's filled with creatures he's conjured up in his nightmares. He comes equipped with a slingshot, can obtain more weapons, and can turn into Super-Cyprien. This Tim Burton-esque game from Ubi Soft is scheduled to ship in the spring of 2001.