Sok and Sao's Adventure is full of bugs - but in a good way. The aim of the game is to save the world by killing Aedes mosquitoes (a real species), which transmit dengue fever.
Quit bugging me
The two heroes of this game (Sok and Sao) are charged with killing all the bugs using a range of weapons, including grenades, missiles, fire and poison. You can also shield yourself from the bug onslaught and collect coins to buy items and upgrade your weapons.
There are four game worlds to make your way through and initially you can only play with Sok; Sao is more elusive as you need 85,000 coins to unlock him. I found myself getting quite attached to the characters and felt sad when they went purple and died.
I hate bugs, so I didn't think this would be my ideal theme for a game, but killing them was very satisfying. It also helps that Sok and Sao's Adventure is aimed at raising awareness of the very real threat posed by Aedes mosquitoes.
Not one for fat-fingered players
The controls are tricky; there are so many options I died a few times from falling down a hole while trying to run with the on-screen joystick and jump at the same time. And the buttons are too small and close together. Sometimes I would accidentally press two buttons at once and the poor heroes wouldn't know what to do. Total confusion followed.
Lush green scenery
The gorgeous graphics in Sok and Sao's Adventure depict lush green rainforests all the way from the Amazon to Angkor Temple in Cambodia. And the bugs are pretty scary (thankfully I don't think there are spiders that big in real life). As you advance through different levels, your surroundings change and the graphics get more fantastical. The huge, green bosses are a highlight.
The cutesy theme music in the background adds a bit of fun and mischief to the game.
Fewer control options, please!
If the controls weren't so difficult, Sok and Sao's Adventure would score much higher because I wouldn't get so frustrated by failing down stupid holes. Overall, it's a stylish game that will capture your imagination with its well-designed theme and fun gameplay, but it's not one for casual gamers.