Casual Reviews – ilomilo

There isn’t much that makes me miss my Xbox 360. I’m not trying to single out Xbox here, I’d say the same thing for my PS3. When I move to next gen I like to leave the old ones behind. Not that I can this gen with the past simply being remastered and placed back in front of me. Don’t believe me?

Announced Remasters:

  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Castle Crashers Remastered
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
  • Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition
  • Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster

Released Remasters:

  • God of War III Remastered
  • Prototype Biohazard Bundle
  • Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster
  • State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
  • Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition
  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • The Binding of Isaac Rebirth
  • Bayonetta
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
  • Metro Redux
  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Oddworld: New N’ Tasty
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Anyway, remasters are a different topic for a different blog. I miss my Xbox 360. The reason…

ilomilo.

Environment 

My friends, I’ve been writing paragraphs for the past two hours and I simply cannot explain the environment of ilomilo. Cuteness on this level is indescribable, unconscionable, and should be made illegal. This game will murder you with cute.

I’m not kidding.

The music makes everything about life instantly better by spewing unicorns, rainbows, and cuddly kittens from your speakers. This, combined with the plushy design and adorable animations, will cause the cute to get in your eyes, your ears, your lungs, just about every pore on your body. Like a seagull trapped in an oil spill, you will be smothered in the thick, slimy, inescapable, death-puddle of cute this game excretes from the moment you press start. And you will love every moment of it.

Ilo and Milo…basically red and blue gumdrops who, similar to my chest, have a single long black hair…are best friends. They wander through their world of fluffy pillow boxes attempting to find each other.  There are little safkas (tiny pillow children), Sebastian (a sad little man who flies on a little grumpy, pillow bumblebee critter), pillow whales…

Ilomilo is so darling you will gouge your eyeballs out…you might as well, because you will never see anything more adorable in your life. Not even YouTube, with all its kittens, babies, and puppies, will fill the void this game will blow in your mind.

Gameplay

You control Ilo and Milo, helping them solve the map so they can be together again. Finding each other grows increasingly more difficult with each level. You must switch between controlling each character in order to complete the puzzles, moving around normal pillow boxes, extending pillow boxes, flying pillow boxes, springy pillow boxes, rotating pillow boxes, or trap door pillow boxes. Wandering, mustache-wielding cow pillow boxes with an appetite for apples aid you in your journey. If you are playing with two people, you’re assigned to Ilo or Milo and take turns controlling the characters.

While I have read people are upset about no split screen or online play, the turn-taking style was absolutely perfect for a couple killing time on a lazy weekend. Your turn? Wander around collecting items, searching for a way to connect with your partner. Not your turn? Take this opportunity to dip an Oreo in milk and enjoy the snack as you observe the map from a new angle. Twisted, Double Stuf, or classic…your call. There is no judgment here.

You can also press buttons to cause little puppets to pop onto the screen and play the drums or tuba…or move your mini fly version of your character around the map to help point out directions…or tickle your friend…again, no judgment.

I will admit, the one major flaw I can find in this game is that single player truly makes you feel like a single, player. The game was made to be played with another in the room. Without company, it harshly reminds you of how sad and alone you are. You don’t have a cute, cuddle buddy to wave to, tickle, and eventually find yourself face to face with.

Replay Value

Do you have a significant other? Do you both enjoy solving puzzles by working together? Do you want to die being swallowed whole by the inky black depths of cute?

If you said yes to the above…let me tell you what to do…and yes, this is what I did. Go to *shudder* Bing search engine and make an account. Dedicate five minutes of each morning to searching with Bing until you gain enough credits to redeem the $5 Xbox gift card. Some times there are extra points if you go to the dashboard. Once you earn enough, go buy ilomilo for $5. Then search until you get the $3 gift card and get the Autumn Tale DLC. Or just buy it all outright…it’s up to you.

You can play this game once a year as a ritual and forget the solutions to the puzzles by the next year. While I had an Xbox, this was a tradition around holiday season for my wife and I.

Seriously everyone, this game is $5…the price Journey should have been in order to get the perfect score in value that ilomilo is getting.

But understand, if you do not have a partner to play with…it’s just not as fun to play with yourself.

Online

Nope.

Conclusion

My rating assumes that you have someone you will co-op with. If you do not, disregard this review and do not buy this game. Ilomilo, perhaps not intentionally, is at its best when played by a couple. While playing with yourself can be fun, the fun doesn’t last long. Playing with just a friend can get awkward the longer it lasts.

This is my favorite game to co-op with my wife. The pace created by taking turns is perfect for relaxing with someone you enjoy spending time with. How someone could think of a game so adorable without their head exploding first is a medical mystery, and the world is a much better place because of it.

Best two months worth of Bing searches I ever spent.

Ilomilo

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37 thoughts on “Casual Reviews – ilomilo

  1. To be fair FFVII is going to be a total remake, with a different combat system (how different remains to be seen but they’ve said as much anyway. lol) It’s the same game on paper, but remasters typically consist of identical experiences to their former selves and in the case of this game I’m thinkin that might not be the case. hahaha

    Solid write up, mang.

    -Kevin Ryan

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    • Good point. I am considering playing some of the ff stuff at some point. If I get the money. I do at least appreciate when there’s an obvious effort in the remakes…I’ve just been overwhelmed by how many have happened. Glad you enjoyed the review.

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    • Especially for the price. In my miserly book that’s what helped elevate this game for me. It was cheap…free if you used the trick I did, and became an annual tradition for my wife and I. What arcade games stick out to you?

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      • Braid is my favorite. Toy Soldiers (the first one) probably number two. Mark of the Ninja. Dust: An Elysian Tale. Super Meat Boy. So many great games. XBLA and PSN downloadable games were probably my favorite part of last gen. Nice to see it still thriving so much this gen.

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  2. I played this on the 360 but went solo, as 16 year old me did not have a girlfriend (and now that I do she sadly isn’t into games :(). That said, nice review – I enjoyed the game but my favorite XBLA game from when I had a 360 was probably Braid or Geometry Wars 2.

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  3. Can you not use your Xbox Live account to sync with Bing, therefore not creating a Bing account? It seems like you should’t have to create a Bing account if you have an Xbox Live account. I’d think the latter would suffice enough for Microsoft.

    Also, how many days did it take accumulate all the Bing credits? (Searching for 5 minutes each day). Figuring out the math would help in estimating how much time to use Bing.

    Finally, thanks for finding/sharing the tip on using Bing’s search engine!

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    • Took me about two months to get both the game and the autumn tale. That’s an over estimate I believe. Might could get it done quicker if you also do all the weekly challenges and mobile searches. I’m not sure about the Xbox live account but it would be nice of Microsoft to allow that. But then again, it would be nice if Bing was truly useful as well. Hahaha. I use Bing now to get the amazon $5 gift cards and average about one a month. That’s where my estimate comes from. Glad it was helpful!

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  4. Wow, sounds like a really great game, and I’m always looking for co-op titles. so thanks for this review. Will check the game out if I find the time ;).

    I also agree with the problematic remasters. Haven’t moved on to next gen yet, but I will in the near future. Although I think there are some great ones out there, I think it’s sometimes too early for having 360/PS3 games be on One/PS4, except for some obvious graphical updates and the inclusion of DLC or content which was missing in the first place on the original release. Oh well, too much to write about here… Have to get back to playing “Tomb Raider Trilogy”… the Classics HD version on PS3 ;).

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      • Well, not really the classic classic ones. “Legend” and “Underworld” were reboots too, although one could argue that “Anniversary” was old-school ;).
        But yes, I grew up with the not so casual first Tomb Raider games back in the days on PC :). Might write some reviews if I find the time. Anyway, still looking forward to the next gen Tomb Raider.

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      • As far as the old games are concerned, they’re really quite frustrating to play. Environmental puzzles are great, though, and they’re more concerned with actual tomb raiding/discovery, something the newest reboot apparently lacked, as far as I know.
        Lara is also quite different in how she’s portrayed ;). Different times with good and bad stuff going on :).

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      • Yes, I really don’t want to remember all the falls and resulting screams of Lara when she broke her neck or drowned, got eaten, etc. ;). However, I saw that the reboots are also quite vicious in that regard, although not as punishing with the actual gameplay of timed acrobatics :).

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      • Yeah. Oh man platformish type stuff kills me. Haha. I’m so bad at it. In the destiny raids I might as well dive into the crevasse firing a rocket launcher at my face. I’d have better luck completing it than actually trying.

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  5. Really awesome post! I think it’s an interesting point you raise about ‘remasters’ and one we’ve been thinking about making a video on for a while! It seems like this generation has featured a lot of ‘looking back’ at older titles! Look forwards to reading your blog post about this if you do one!

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    • Yeah, I’m desperate for a new IP to wow me and really snap this remaster and sequel/prequel rut. But I feel like that is a topic for another blog. I’ve stuck to reviews and I’d worry that it’s not the place for general ramblings.

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