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Game Maker Games - The Curse of Kaumaha
 The Curse of Kaumaha by Game Fortress
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Review by Quimp
Overview
The Curse of Kaumaha is a spacey, held-back style of platformer, with a great exploration aim in its core. The original concept takes place on an island, buried deep in the folds of the Pacific Ocean, smitten with a curse. You are the only one who can break the curse of Kaumaha by freeing spirits and collecting masks.

Graphics
To start with, the graphics are simply outstanding; the look is distinct and very professional. The game combines a sharp cartoonist style to a detailed pixel art. The effects are splendid, well made and diversified; the same characteristics can also be applied to the enemies and the colourful level designs. From a quick look, you can easily tell there is something mysterious on the island. In terms of visual quality, I can count the number of Game Maker games with such variety and impressive graphics on my fingers, with many of them ranging behind The Curse of Kaumaha. What's even more rad than the look, is how everything connects together in a theme exploited with originality.

Gameplay
As far as the gameplay goes, it’s inevitable that several players will completely morph into the game, while others will quit playing after a short session. As said previously, the platformer uses a calm, mellow approach. There certainly is action, although its degree is restricted to the game type: The Curse is simply not the kind of game I would play if I wanted to have a quick action blast. Instead of the typical “kill your enemies” idea, the game developer decided to use an interesting alternative, which can be summarized as “free your enemies’ spirit”. In any case, this doesn’t mean the game is tedious. On the opposite, I have been playing the game non-stop for days, and I plan on continuing my quest in the next weeks.

To emphasis the game’s orientation even more, the creator opted for separated and long levels that are not linked together directly. This allowed him to additionally set the player’s focus on individual goals, such as collecting the lost golden mask in each island portion. As with any adventure game, the long levels can however become irritating in the long run, especially in this case where one bad move can lead you to instant death. Don’t let this put you down though. It fairly annoyed me at first, but the more I play the game, the more I enjoy the concept. Nevertheless, this can lead to a certain degree of frustration.


Pros:
- Everything surrounding the heart of the game has been incredibly well thought out (theme, minigames, unlockables, secrets, multiple options, etc.);
- In my opinion, one of the best platform adventure game made with GM;
- Outstanding graphics.

Cons:
- Occasionnal and minor bugs encounters;
- Repetitive gameplay for certain players;
- Although it fits the game like a glove, the background music becomes cyclic after a while.


In short
To some fans of the well-known game Seiklus, playing The Curse of Kaumaha will bring memories of the long hours spent exploring as the white Seiklus character. This game may not appeal to everyone, but I’m definitively hooked. I would say "Three thumbs up," but I only have two.

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The Creator wrote:

Legend speaks of an island buried deep in the folds of the pacific ocean. An island smitten with a curse..... Welcome to Kaumaha.

Burn enemies, discover hidden masks, travel to secret areas, gain secret abilities, earn trophies, unlock minigames and more.

Download The Curse of Kaumaha (EXE, ~5.3 MB , Suitable for everyone )

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2008.06.24 Horseman
Rating: 10

An almost perfect game in my opinion!
The music gets too repetetive after playing too long, but most of the time, I didn't even notice because I was too much into the game. It could be because its type is my favorite... The levels, gameplay, and creativity are amazing. Even more brilliant is the graphics. Overall, I could see this being as good as most commercial games. I would give it a 9.5, but, following the typical rules of math, it's rounded up to 10.
2008.02.27 jordan_ssm
Rating: --

Haha like this game, try out my game called journey to hell...you'll like it ppl.
2007.01.06 David Lindberg
Rating: --

Please fix the link. When i´m trying to open it, it says: Siden blev ikke fundet
Den side, du søger efter, er fjernet, navnet er ændret, eller den er midlertidigt ikke-tilgængelig.

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2006.07.11 Rokuji
Rating: 10

It was really fun, alot like seiklus but more action packed. I had alot of fun playing this, one of the best games around.
2006.03.26 HCS0001
Rating: 9

WOW!!! Very Nice game!! I didn't pay any mind to your game when I first saw it, but now that I actually sat down and played it, it's amazing. Congratulations on this on!!!

(I dont normally give grades higher than 7.5!)
2006.03.19 drdemention
Rating: --

this(and dim) are two of my favorite games on this website in that they both beat me silly god knows how many times, but I came back for more and stumbled upon the true beauty and complexity they had to offer. Only one problem: I got 20 masks and the fourth portal won't open. I went through them as follows: the first level, wawahi current, and kohonu crack. I think I was supposed to go to pilika depths third, though, and now it doesn't do anything.
2006.02.27 bg the mentel
Rating: 10

poo smells bad but i like this game 1000000000000000000000000000000000
2006.02.21 jaw
Rating: 8

The game's graphics and music were awsome, but I didnt have the urge to play on. I mean the long levels are good, but its not very exciting.
2006.02.02 jchalase
Rating: 10

loooooooooooooooooooove iiit!!! loooooooooooooooooooove iiit!!! loooooooooooooooooooove iiit!!! It is challenging a little bit, But that's how games are supposed to be.
2006.01.31 Yibbon
Rating: 6

Well done GF, I played this awhile back and liked it. This game deserved the review :D
2006.01.13 alienX
Rating: 8

Very nice game, but that how to kill enemies. i didn't like it. Shooting would be better in that. But still very nice game... and challange
2006.01.09 dude
Rating: 9

Nah. Jumper is plain 'avoid stuff.' This is 'avoid stuff, burn stuff, solve puzzles.'
2006.01.05 Game Fortress
Rating: --

Somthing tells me you didnt solve very many puzzles if you found them dull :)
2006.01.05 Radnom Games
Rating: --

No I didn't :P Sorry, I guess I just don't really like this type of game. It's quite a lot like Jumper in some places, and I don't really like Jumper either.

Don't nobody flame me for disliking Jumper :)
2006.01.04 Radnom Games
Rating: 7

The graphics were very nice, but I found the gameplay very dull.
The action was too slow for an action platformer and the puzzles were too dull for a puzzle platformer.
Exploring the game was tedious.

The music was okay and the graphics were good, but the gameplay really let this one down in my opinion.

I'll give this one a 7.
2005.12.01 REZ
Rating: --

AWESOME!

i'm gonna try to beat it. :D
2005.11.13 Chris Kolar
Rating: 9

AMAZING. From the opening crdits right down to the level designs....If this doesnt get a GMG star then i dont know what a good game is anymore.
2005.11.04 Quietus
Rating: 9

One of the best games I have played in a long time. Other than the somewhat repetitive music, it is flawless.
2005.11.01 mrjeffguy
Rating: 9

Beastly game! Its come a long way from the first demo! This game deserves one of those stars.
2005.11.01 braincrampt
Rating: 9

WOW! What an amazing game. This game is one of the most professional games I have seen, it is like something nintendo would release. The only thing it needs is a help file for the controls. ( they are easy to figure out )
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