When you strip out the graphics and music, Totemo is a very simple match-? game that won’t stimulate or give you anything you haven’t seen before.
Totemo’s style is interesting and something that I haven’t seen in a while. Tribal spiritualism. It bases itself on freeing spirits from their spell. To do this you must match a certain number of spirits together which are either in a column or row with each other. I quite like the initial concept, but when you start playing the game itself, you just realise that the theme has just been painted onto a game with no individuality of its own in terms of gameplay.
The game’s visuals can’t be faulted though. Putting up a strong performance with google-eyed spirits which yearn to be saved, and the strange tribal monster which tells you more about his or her origins as you progress.
And what makes Totemo hard, or should I say frustrating, is not its difficulty, but instead its trial and error approach. From the general complexity of each level (especially later on in the game), there is no possible way for the player to think ahead enough to attempt at working out the puzzle. Instead you just have to tread blindly into the puzzle and hope for the best.
Aside from the unenjoyable gameplay — unless you like repetitive, and luck-based puzzles — the spiritualistic vide didn’t rub off on me at all, and although it is an interesting topic, there wasn’t enough subjectivity to make the plot compelling and instead seems more like something added on at the end to spruce the game up a bit.
Maybe I am being too harsh on the game, and if you like calm, slow-going puzzles then maybe Totemo is a brilliant game for you. The game includes 100 levels and a Survival mode (timed) which should keep you occupied for a while. But the game didn’t grab me at all, and the gameplay certainly wasn’t addicting.
Description: An Unusual Spiritualistic Match 3
Pros: Good concept, colourful graphics, neat music.
Cons: Bad execution, repetitive, no compelling gameplay.
Advised Control Method: All (keyboard control)