The Kore Gang Review

The Kore Gang: Outvasion From Inner Earth brings real charm to an unbelievable adventure.

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One day, an adventurous girl named Pixie climbs the side of a skyscraper. She almost reaches the top before a tremor causes her to lose her grip. Her climbing cord snaps and she falls hundreds of feet toward the concrete street. Luck is on her side, though, as she falls through a manhole cover and falls far below the surface, finally landing on the tiled floor of an underground research lab. She rises to her feet, completely unharmed, and walks over to a pedestal where a glowing console beckons. Curious, she presses a button, and a power suit appears. She equips that suit, of course, and thus begins The Kore Gang: Outvasion From Inner Earth, a cute and quirky platformer that overcomes its frustrations with plenty of surreal charm.

Security is tight when you infiltrate an underground laboratory.

Pixie's unlikely survival is only the first of many twists in this fantastical plot. The journey upon which Pixie embarks grows steadily stranger as she meets a boy named Madboy, and later his dog, Rex. The three heroes wind up sharing control of the same suit, which has a huge belly that improbably houses whichever two characters aren't in charge at a given moment. You can swap out characters at the press of a button, which you do frequently to complete each of 32 stages.

Pixie is the athlete. Her attempt to climb a skyscraper may have failed, but she finds more success as she navigates the fantastic world that the two humans and dog find beneath the earth's crust. She can double-jump, pirouette like a ballerina (useful if she needs to float over a field of poisonous vapors), swing from grappling points, and climb high ledges. Madboy, meanwhile, is the muscle. He's able to punch in either standard or charged forms, and he can also whirl like a cyclone to easily dispatch enemies that rush him from all sides at once. When the situation requires it, he can even deflect projectiles and throw items such as bombs and snowballs, though most of those abilities are put to only limited use. Typically, he's a melee kind of guy.

You won't gain control of Rex until you play through 10 levels or so. He is the puzzle solver, gifted with substantial speed and a nose for whatever. As Rex, you can sniff at purple vapors and find the recommended path to an objective or around danger (with the latter being put to particularly memorable use when you must negotiate a minefield). When Rex is controlling the suit, it's also possible to crack open safes and to eavesdrop on conversations that distant and otherwise inaccessible enemies may be having. You hear such discussions coming through the Wii Remote speaker, rather than your television screen, which is a nice touch.

Mmm--the sweet scent of purple.

The three characters serve as the quirk that sets The Kore Gang apart from other platformers. You start with access to only Pixie. As you pass over glowing wrenches along the way, you learn new moves. Then you find the other characters, and the same process holds true. Each time you learn a new ability, there's a handy place to test it close at hand. From that moment onward, you're expected to figure out how best to use your existing skillset. Levels are constructed in such a way that you're required to frequently switch characters. For instance, you might need to hop up a series of high ledges as Pixie and then clobber a few strong enemies as Madboy (and perhaps even use Pixie again to tug a dazed enemy out of his armor before switching back to Madboy to finish the job). Then it's entirely possible that you will find a safe that only Rex can open.

Unfortunately, the various abilities don't hide the fact that your overall objectives in most stages are quite generic. There's barely a level in the game that doesn't begin with a locked gate or two, for instance. You have to explore to find a way to open any gates, which may be as simple as finding a few trash-talking worms to use as keys, or as complex as fetching items for some of the inner earth's denizens so that they give you a ride to another area. There are also collectible items, known as zeeks. If you find all of them in a given stage, you receive a medal and unlock some concept art and character profiles.

While concept art might not sound like a good incentive, The Kore Gang has enough personality that you might actually want to fill out your collection. The heroes aren't especially interesting beyond the individual abilities they bring to the suit, but the supporting cast and the villains are humorously presented, with deformed bodies that wouldn't look out of place in a Saturday-morning cartoon. Character models and environments alike seem to have been fashioned out of clay and perhaps sharp pebbles, thanks in part to a dappled visual presentation that uses the Wii's limited hardware capabilities to pleasing effect. Some of the environments have surprising scope and beauty, such as one scene where the heroes scale towers while overlooking a city skyline covered in snow.

The intriguing characters and places sound the part, as well. The Kore Gang is a reference to three mad scientist types who sound a lot like Ren & Stimpy. When they unexpectedly burst into song, some of the musical numbers will possibly have you in stitches. The dim-witted members of the resistance movement have a personality of their own, as well, and the distinctive voice work is accompanied by a lively soundtrack that somehow manages to make even the dullest corridor come to life (though thankfully, there aren't many of those).

Time your moves carefully as you battle your foes on a giant clock.

The most disappointing aspect of The Kore Gang is the way that some of the redundant stages occasionally drag on because the controls don't always feel right. The first time you crack a safe, it's kind of interesting. Some stages require you to crack two or three safes, though, and that's less engaging (particularly if your hand slips off the nunchuk analog stick and you have to try again). Careful leaps also play a large role in the proceedings, so it can be frustrating when for reasons unknown your effort to double-jump along a series of ledges fails right as you near the top and you have to climb the whole tower again. The game addresses such flaws with a generous checkpoint system, but the final stage and boss battle are a frustrating exception that wraps things up on a sour note.

Despite its flaws, The Kore Gang: Outvasion From Inner Earth is an excellent option for children and even for adult gamers who crave a rousing adventure that makes the most of the Wii hardware. Though it occasionally lacks creativity in level design, the game nonetheless offers 8 to 10 hours of clever platforming action. Pixie's fall from that skyscraper wasn't a disaster after all!

The Good
Three unique heroes
A story and cast with real personality
Great production values
The Bad
Generic level objectives
7.5
Good
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unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

All I can say after reading these comments is 'wow'. Haters gonna hate.

night-dreamers
night-dreamers

@Wolflink001 Ignore him, he's an attention w**** not a slut. Slut: female dog, they provide great service to our community. Without 'em sex crimes will increase. Disclaimer: no offence intended, by reporting any of my messages you agree that you're non sarcastically(sarcastic) an idiot. This rule only applies to the following users 1; Gelugon_beat 2;Gelugon_b*tt Thank you for reading.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@Gelugon_baat Then I guess this is an even match indeed.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@night-dreamers A hit dog hollers doesn't it?

night-dreamers
night-dreamers

@Gelugon_baat No, not really. You're simply an i****. Saying what you say is what white knights say doesn't mean I'm calling you a white knight. But really you think people are calling you a white knight is it because of insecurety issues?

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@Gelugon_baat You know I loved how you tried to turn my own words against me in your earlier post to me. That was apparently your escape from the huge point I made. And like right now you using the same tactic with little effort to get your point across to me. I'm sorry but I'm now convinced that you are indeed lacking in the point making skill endeavor of yours. And I am of course aware that Gamespot will not change the score but I mean seriously they would have to change all the scores they've given to all the shooters first before they could even think about doing anymore damage they've already done to their credibility as far as that is concerned.

night-dreamers
night-dreamers

@Gelugon_baat That's what white knights say. Amazing irony, indeed.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@Gelugon_baat I see you're still here white knighting. Looks who's talking I would say (again).

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

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night-dreamers
night-dreamers

@Gelugon_baat I'm sorry I seem to forgot to add "with little understanding". It's not type too long. I said what you type is too long. I meant your annoyingly long comments by the way. I'm surprised you're not using pink this time. (attention ***** as someone else would describe it)

night-dreamers
night-dreamers

@Kevin-V Yeah, well Tom said reviews are opinions, but when I read how you review stuff bla bla bla GS clearly states reviews aren't opinions. Don't your reviewers read GS's regulations and stuff?

night-dreamers
night-dreamers

@Gelugon_baat To be honest, what you type is too long, with little effort to get the point across.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@Gelugon_baat Look, I know I bashed Gamespot for the 7.5 and they deserved it because they have been giving terrible reviews for quite sometime. What really angers me is how Gamespot handled this review by just slapping a 7.5 because a certain someone didn't know how to use the motion controls correctly. I have a pretty good reason to keep bringing this up because Gamespot tends to overrate all the same run of the mill shooters that come out each and every year. Yeah, it might seem petty to you but its sure as heck isn't petty to me because 90% of the comments under Tom's lame review all still probably repeat the same statements that YOU regard as petty. Gamespot messed up and you can defend Tom or whoever else you love to defend all you please! Instead of trying to argue this with me try to argue with the thousands of other users and ZELDA FANS that feel that Gamespot has terribly botched the review with this game! Oh wait, you already have with your ridiculus and boring long paragraphs that no one seems to care about. I rest my case then.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Good memories hehe, worked on this one a year ago :D

Wetty01
Wetty01

@Kevin-V Thanks, I always wanted to know how you ranked games. :) Way to put them back in their place too. :P

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

The fact that this game lands in the same ball park in the score department right next to Skyward Sword is very urksome...

BloodMist
BloodMist

@kfd_05 I see you're a great example of how the public school system can and does in fact fail.

bowtiman
bowtiman

this looks really stupid

bowtiman
bowtiman

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Evtutchenk0
Evtutchenk0

i just love when a editor counter-attacks a readers comment.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@kfd_05 -- @Shinobishyguy -- Have you played this game? Perhaps it is as good as Skyward Sword. I assume, since you have played both games, you feel expert enough to decide such matters. In any case, this is a completely different game. If you wish to know more about how we score and review games, you can click on the score of any game on the site. And if you wish to understand why a game receives the score it does, there is a big wall of text that explains it in some detail.

In addition, we are not a public school, and our scores do not mean the same thing. We do not give games tests, and mark off points for getting things wrong. Art criticism is not based on absolutes of right and wrong, but on evaluation of the whole, and elements within it. There's lots of great reading out there about critical evaluation. I'd suggest checking some of it out.

kfd_05
kfd_05

So this game is just as good as skyward sword. LMAO!! Gamespot you just suck! And people dont come with the BS that scores doesnt matter. when you get that 45% on you math exam or english essay it sure does matter. So end of argument.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

@Shinobishyguy Scores don't exist so you can compare them to a completely different game. Not to mention they're reviewed by two different people. You should read the review to get the reviewers opinion of the game, not look at the score and jump to the comment section.

SchwarzerRitter
SchwarzerRitter

The Game finaly came?They worked on this for 10 years. Good for them.

goubagouba
goubagouba

Hmm... Its gonna be hard choosing between this and skyward sword

EKGProd
EKGProd

It's pretty awesome that you guys reviewed this. I picked this one up for $20 a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised by the production values. This is a great action platformer and it kind of stealth ninja'd it's way onto store shelves. I was pretty bummed when I saw all of the big news sites ignore the game for review. So I am happy that one of the big gaming sites got a review up for this gem. This is why I love Gamespot, you can always count on them to review all different types of games, not just the AAA ones like some other sites...Uhum Gameinformer...

Shinobishyguy
Shinobishyguy

So apparently this game is as good as Skyward Sword. Oh GS, you so crazy

The Kore Gang

  • Wii
An alien invasion threatens Earth and the team looking to stop it is the Kore Gang.
ESRB
Everyone 10+
All Platforms
Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Tobacco Reference
Average Score See all 24 Player Reviews
6.9
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