The Otterman Empire Review

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch

The Otterman Empire from Tri-Heart Interactive is a fast paced third person shooter that focuses on completing a variety of tasks across 8 different worlds (Ottopolis, Ice Quarry, Ancient Ota, Battle Arena, Volcanico, Medi Centre, Turtle Bay, and Tiko’s Garden) each with 3 different stages minus Tiko’s Garden which only has the one boss fight stage. In each stage of the game you have certain tasks you must complete which award you in a greater number of points than just dispatching enemies. Tasks in each stage can range from gathering parts to rebuild sentry robots or literally jumping through hoops. The point of accruing points in each stage is to unlock a star, a certain number of stars will unlock a star and each stage has a total of 3 stars. The game itself has a total of 63 stars to try and obtain.

Not only are stars an incentive to try and rack up the points in each stage but there are a handful of unique characters and a plethora of cosmetic items to unlock in the game with more to come via updates according to the games developer. The cast of characters include the Evil Tiko an otter that is your main antagonist during the games campaign. Next you have Astrid your first unlocked character in both the campaign and versus modes of The Otterman Empire. The rest of the characters you can randomly unlock throughout your play through are a Fish in a robot suit named Bubbles, a child otter named Noah, a warrior otter named Geo, a medic otter named Lyra, a boxing crocodile named Croc, and a turtle named Tez. Each character comes with their own set of strengths and weaknesses including attack strength, speed, and even unique special moves. In addition to each character being so different from one another when it comes to specials and attacks you can also customize them with character specific skins you unlock as well as cosmetic decorations that can be shared between characters like hats and jet packs.

Each world in The Otterman Empire is very unique and you can tell each was crafted with different types of play styles in mind, from hiding from your enemies to areas with wide open areas for free for all action. Each world comes with it’s own set of obstacles including a volcanic setting that has you dodging lava and debris falling from the sky while still trying to complete that particular stages task.

If things get a little to heavy for you during the main campaign, The Otterman Empire allows you to bring in another player and with 2 player split screen! The game does have a 4 player split screen option but this mode is reserved for VS Only. While the game itself does not offer any type of online multiplayer you can team up and play with Steam’s remote play if playing on PC. In 4 player VS, players have the option of just seeing how many times they can take each other out or they can also add tasks to the stage like the ones found in the campaign mode to make things a liitle more interesting.

While The Otterman Empire is a perfect game for the summer in the same vein of Mario Sunshine and Splatoon it is not without it’s flaws. One of my main issues with the game is the choice of having the B button your action/select button, I found myself constantly exiting to a previous menu by selecting the A button instead of the B. While I try not to judge a game on it’s looks or graphics (seeing as how I grew up in the age where Super Mario 64 was the epitome of HD) in certain portions of the game, especially cut scenes, assets will not be fully rendered long enough for it to be noticeable and comes off as the game not being as polished as it should be. Also a couple of times during my time with the game it just randomly crashed, each time I was in a different part of the game with a different character and when trying to recreate the conditions of the crash it would not happen again. I appreciate that the game has added 4 player split screen and is one of the things that makes this game really shine but the lack of any kind of online multiplayer for consoles is kind of a let down.

Other than those issues I find the low poly look and lack of character voice acting charming so I do not count them against the game and believe if the game would have been in development back then it would be considered a gem on a console like the Nintendo Gamecube. Speaking of the Gamecube, Nintendo Switch owners are in luck and should be happy to know that the Wii U Gamecube adapter and Gamecube controllers are compatible with The Otterman Empire and is the perfect way to play 4 player VS with friends and family on the couch. All things considered The Otterman Empire is a fun game with plenty to unlock that adds to the games replay value. The couch co-op and 4 player split screen makes this game a must have for families and that’s why I give 7 out of 10 bricks To The Otterman Empire.

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Written by: Gerardo Gutierrez

Gerardo has been playing video games his entire life, in his 30's he now shares the joys of playing with his 3 young children. Gerardo is a huge fan of Lego and games that encourage creativity, with that being said his new favorite game of all time is LEGO WORLDS. When not writing or creating content Gerardo spends his time playing retro video games and sharing the classics with his kids.