I love wasting my time playing computer games. I came across Turtle Odyessy II at Big Fish Games and downloaded the 60 minutes trial. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy playing this game, since I would be playing it on a laptop, without a mouse or joystick. Much to my surprise, the game is easily played using the space bar and the arrow keys. That's all you need!
The game is a platformer game, meaning you control the main character and have to jump from platform to platform, collecting items and killing monsters, in order to pass each level. In Turtle Odyessy II, you control the Ozzy the Turtle who can jump, spin, swim, and bounce on monsters heads. There's a story in the game, but honestly, I haven't payed much attention. You can skip the story screens between levels, letting you get back to the game a bit faster. The basic gist of the story is that you (Ozzy) were playing catch, accidently broke a slab of ice, and set a mysterious creature free. You take off to find the monster and discover what exactly it is.
This isn't a quick game, so I had to go ahead and buy the full version once the 60 minute trial had ended. There are 50 levels, 6 worlds, and 17 different types of enemies. In each level, you run around collected coins, gems, armor pieces, extra lives, discovering secret hiding places, and bouncing on the heads of your enemies. For some reason, I find a turtle jumping on crabs, fish, and octopi fin. I guess I'm easily entertained!
The graphics are really nice. Most of the levels are underwater, so the colors are nice, calming blues and greens. Unlike some platformer games, the screens transition smoothly. There is no lag in transition or jumpiness. I always have the music off, but the sound effects aren't terribly irritating, unlike many games.
I'm stuck in the 5th world. I just can't seem to get past that level. The jumping get more difficult as the levels progress, and of course the enemies get harder to kill.
The requirements for this game are Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista; 600MHz or faster processor; and at least 128 MB RAM.
If you are looking for a fun way to kill an hour, download the free trial. I have a feeling you'll end up getting the full version!