Sahara: The Movie
Based on the (somewhat) popular movie, Sahara: The Movie tries to bring the big screen action to the small one.
It must be close to summertime, as we already have a handful of movies ready to whisk us away to new heights while avoiding some real-life details that might be questionable. Falling into this category is Sahara, a film based on the Clive Cussler novel featuring the likes of Dirk Pitt and company searching for a Civil War ship somewhere in the middle of a desert and instead finding some sort of solar tower that's gathering energy that could destroy the world's water supply. Still with me?
Anyway, it's this kind of preposterousness that could easily make for a fun film, and Gosub 60 has followed suit with a somewhat fun cell phone game featuring the likes of Pitt and company taking on some enemies from a local army who isn't so thrilled with the idea of their plot being stopped. This includes both on-foot sequences and driving sequences with cars and boats that put you right into Pitt's shoes, along with the occasional break for dialogue that surprisingly follows the film rather closely.
The game makes for pretty good adventure, although the controls weren't exactly to my liking for some of the game. The on-foot stuff mixes in some action and some stealth, although some parts of the game are more effective than others. Some stealth stuff actually came to be frustrating, as I did my best for hiding and somehow still got discovered. This led to starting over again, a task that may prove a bit daunting for some. The driving sequences are better, especially when you take control of a boat and can pull off a somewhat suicidal "panama" move over and over again.
The game looks alright, but for a typical desert design, doesn't scream for details. There are some static shots of the film stars, including Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz, that show the dedication to the material. Sound's okay but barely checks in with that much detail. And controls are responsive, if not terribly exciting. If you're an avid fan of the film or seek out some cheesy on-the-go gaming, Sahara is worth a visit. Otherwise, seek out a better treasure.
What's Hot: Lots of variety throughout the game.
What's Not: Some of the controls are a bit wonky.