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Funk of Titans – Review



When people think of Greek Gods, the burning question on everyone’s mind is… what genre of music got them busting moves on the dance floor? Well fortunately, Funk of Titans has arrived on the Xbox One to show us that their love belongs to getting down with a bit of funk. Let’s see if the developers, A Crowd of Monsters, can deliver a funk-tastic game.

I’ll lay it down for you, the almighty Zeus created funk music to share with the entire Universe and the humans have loved it ever since. Until now that is, Titans have begun forcing their musical rhythms from the worlds of Pop, Rap and Rock onto unsuspecting humans making them mindless idiots. Only Perseus can rid the infected regions of these horrible genres on behalf of his father. It’s time to let the funky times roll on.

How does the mighty Perseus go about this monumental task you ask? Well, quite simply following a path from A to B on two-dimensional levels whilst jumping and swinging a weapon to and fro. The end game for each level is reaching a funky jukebox. That sounds pretty straight forward doesn’t it; in fact it’s even easier than that as the game will even control the movements for you across the whole game. I wasn’t sure whether that was a good thing at first but the more I progressed through the levels, the more it was necessary to help the overall flow.

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Playing one-handed is seriously doable here because once Perseus sets off running you have two options, press A to jump or X to attack. Timing is important, especially if you want him to take a route out of the ordinary. It’s also necessary to avoid obstacles like fires, spikes and enemies who stand rather docile whilst jamming to their beats. Despite there being three different genre based worlds, all three types of goons that live on them seem to be jiving to the same rhythms.

You are assigned three objectives to perform across each and every one of the 45 levels to give more of a purpose to the task at hand. These consist of picking up the 100 coins placed all around, getting to the end unscathed and locating the Pegasus collectibles. It’s rather unlikely you’ll manage all three in your first attempt so this adds much needed replayability to levels that last a couple of minutes at most. This usually becomes a chore revisiting the same stuff; however the difficulty isn’t all that tough so you can easily clean up the rest of the objectives and along with it a solid 1000 Gamerscore.

Now onto the stages aimed to really test your metal, where grunts and bosses will take you on in a one on one battle. There’s one grunt and one boss stage per world, where Perseus will either fight the grunt via a QTE fight or perform a dance-off against a boss in a more rhythmic QTE. To explain how easy these actually were, I did all six confrontations without a single fail and without breaking a sweat, which is some feat when you consider I generally have the reaction speed of a tortoise. To add insult to injury, all the grunt battles play out visually identical and the dance-offs are all in the same club but at least they made the bosses look pretty cool.

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Then there’s the bonus game for collecting the adorable Pegasus’ each time whilst traversing the stages and it’s reminiscent of another game I’ve played (the famous helicopter one on the internet). Basically, Perseus will ride Pegasus across the skies and you’ll have to guide the two of them whilst they accelerate from left to right and move seemingly far away to pick up as many coins as possible. It never lasts very long because controlling the altitude is tricky, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun for the short spells that it’ll be attempted.

Throughout the entire game the coin balance will build up, especially when levelling up Perseus by completing goals set up by Zeus. Coins can be spent in the shop on his attire and weaponry, not that it’ll affect too much as they are merely cosmetic for the most part (except for one or two Pegasus areas that can only be accessed using a certain equipped weapon). There are some cool light sabre style weapons and a robot helmet that wouldn’t be out of place in an Autobot gathering.

Realistically, if you’re looking for a game to test your abilities and get that mind ticking then Funk of Titans isn’t the answer. What it does well though is being accessible to anyone for a pick up and play, where it’s all too easy to get sucked into a sort of trance. An extremely simple control system of two buttons means you can sit back and relax whilst spreading that funk around the place.

There’s nothing overly complex and you will rarely get annoyed even when trying to 100% the whole thing which is a refreshing change. For £9.99 you’ll get a few hours of simple enjoyment and might even end up with appreciation for a genre that’s lost in today’s world.

James Birks
James Birks
Been gaming casually since the SNES as a youngster but found my true passion for games on the Playstation 1 (the forbidden word ooo). My addiction grew to its pinnacle with the purchase of an Xbox 360 & Xbox Live Service. A recovering GS hunter that will still play literally any game.


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