♫ Let’s name the species, the species, the species – Let’s name the species that live in the sea
Shoutouts to my friend Dewi from the Netherlands for this awesome birthday gift. I really enjoyed it.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either a legal guardian whose little ones are huge fans of Nemo, Dory, and Marlin (Finding Nemo (2003), Finding Dory (2016)), or are a parent whose kids might just be fans of oceanic creatures in general, which makes them especially awesome, to say the least. (And if you’re here because your inner child is interested in this or just because you like sea turtles, don’t worry, you’re still awesome.)
About the Game
Turtle Odyssey (2007, on Steam since 2015) is a children’s game for kids aged 5 to 10 by the Russian developer and publisher Realore Games. When Ozzy discovers that his shell has been stolen, the little turtle sets out to get it back only to discover that three magical artefacts have disappeared as well.
The game is a sidescrolling Jump’n’Run platformer, built similar to the style of the games circling around Nintendo’s loveable little mascot, Super Mario (1983 ongoing). Ozzy the turtle walks on the bottom of the ocean (yeah, I know, just roll with it), collecting coins, and defeating enemies by jumping on their heads. The characters in Turtle Odyssey are adorable in design, the controls easy to figure out and remember, and it takes about four hours to finish the whole game. So, it’s perfect for children, or is it?
This little game, only 9.9 MB in size, is loads of fun, but has a few setbacks. It doesn’t work under Windows 10 and requires Windows 7 or lower to run. I played this game on my toaster, an old 32-bit Windows Vista toaster (with an Intel Core 2 CPU, 3070MB RAM, and a GeForce 9500 GT graphics card), so I had no qualms whatsoever, but households with more up-to-date hard- and software might find this to be somewhat of a hurdle. Turtle Odyssey also let’s players switch between controller and keyboard on the fly, has fully rebindable keys, and the menu is fully navigable with a mouse. That would awesome if it weren’t for one little thing: The game has trouble identifying gamepad inputs.
I tried Turtle Odyssey using an old, wired Microsoft Xbox 360 gamepad and the directional recognition didn’t work properly. After tapping a direction, little Ozzy sometimes kept on walking left or right and at some point jumped around the entire time, even if I had already released my fingers from the gamepad. This forced me to revert back to playing with the keyboard, which I don’t think children who play this, will want to do. My suggestion here would be to unbind all controller keys and use 3rd party programs like Joy2Key or XInput Plus and see if that helps. The controls on the keyboard are very responsive, but don’t feel as tight as in the game with the plumber.
Are your children going to like this game?
The most important questions when considering buying a game for kids is if they’re going to like it, how long it will keep them occupied, and how easy it is to get it working. Turtle Odyssey does have quite a bit of replay value and each of the regular stages also contain secret areas with lots of treasure to discover. The game also does a marvellous job in explaining all game mechanics and enemy types and once in a while some cool background info on turtles pops up on screen. I really liked that.
So, are they going to like this? Generally speaking, yeah, your children will probably enjoy this. But please do keep in mind that I had these problems with the controller, so if your child loves to play with a gamepad instead of a controller, this might become problematic.
With all that said, I would love to try out the two sequels to Turtle Odyssey and hope that Realore Games was able to fix the controller issue in them.
If it weren’t for the technical issues, I’d give it a 9, but since this is a children’s game and not all parents are tech savvy:
Ozzy’s Turtle Odyssey gets a limited recommendation and a 7.9 out of 10
Where to Get?
Turtle Odyssey used to be able in retail but is nowadays sold on Steam for $2.99 USD or your local equivalent.
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As always, feel free to leave a comment, if you like. The comment section is completely open, no need to register or log in. All screenshots shown here were taken by me during my playthrough of the game.