This title consists of three different acts containing fifteen stages in each act. Every five stages will greet the player with a boss fight increasing in difficulty and leading up to the final boss of the stage. The boss fight during each act consists of the same boss but differing their attack patterns. During Act 1, we are greeted by Cecile the knight on his adventure to acquire a new helmet. He travels throughout forested areas; destroying enemies and collecting coins to finish his journey. Bonnie the rogue and Gundelf the wizard has similar ventures; however, they travel through deserts and tundra, respectively.
The setting of this title is the main stage of a play, more importantly, a marionette show. Each of the actors along with the bosses and enemies are reminiscent of puppets or dolls that you would expect to see in puppet shows. The backdrops are beautiful landscapes that remind me of hand-painted backgrounds that would be featured in amateur plays. The developers did a great job at making the game feel like you are watching this new puppet show. The soundtrack; however, is nothing to write home about. It is enjoyable while playing, but in the end, is just an average score. Nothing amazing, but not terrible at the same time.
Overall, Talent Not Included was a cool premise that just didn’t live up to expectation. The game was fun at first, but couldn’t carry the momentum throughout. It is priced at $15 USD and I don’t see that as a big issue, but I would probably wait for it to be on sale. My recommendations, play this game in chunks or you will just tire yourself out on it. Remember: Break a Leg, the Show must go on!
Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 6/10