Funk of Titans is, on paper, one of the stupidest ideas every conceived by mankind. God I love stupid ideas. Based loosely on Greek mythology, and I say loosely based on like the movie Noah was loosely based on the story from the Bible, Funk of Titans sees you step into the role of Perseus. Perseus, if you remember from history class, was a big black guy with an afro and serious funk overload. It seems that the funk is under attack from other, lesser forms of music and so Zeus sends Perseus on a quest to save the funk. Zeus, as you all no doubt remember, being Morpheus from The Matrix.
At its heart, Funk of Titans is a very simple endless runner platformer. Perseus is a man on a mission and he isn’t stopping for nobody. As a result, there are only two buttons you need to worry about in Funk of Titans: jump and attack. It’s a simple premise, but there is a surprising amount of depth to the gameplay. Some enemies have spiky hats that mean jumping on them will result in an unwanted gluteal piercing. Others have spiky fronts, so attacking them will end similarly poorly. Jumping on someone’s head might lead you down a secret route that attacking him would not have.
The levels are varied enough with a nice difficulty curve, though the game’s simple controls mean that the difficult never really climbs very high; there are only two choices to make, jump or attack, not a lot of room for mistakes. New obstacles and enemies are introduced, and the focus shifts towards chaining moves together in the later levels.
Each level has a collectible Pegasus in it. Pegasus, as you will remember from history class, was a hobby horse with a jet engine strapped to it. Find Pegasus and at the end of the level, you can play a bonus level where you fly Pegasus through a strange world filled with floating hamburgers and cupcakes. It’s basically the Helicopter game, or if you’re too young to remember that, it’s basically Flappy Bird but it doesn’t handle like arse.
In game challenges mix up the action too. Perseus has three challenges to complete per character level, ranging from run a certain distance to jump on 100 enemies. Every time he levels up, he unlocks new items to buy from the store. The store contains custom skins for Perseus and his weapon. So if you want to be Optimus Prime running around with a Lightsaber or Darth Vader wielding a fish, this is the game for you. The weapon skins themselves are actually functional, as in some levels certain doors can only be smashed down by certain weapons.
Each zone has a mini boss and a boss to face off with to, but these boss fights are basically just quick time events. They mix up the platforming well enough but it’s hardly ground-breaking stuff and again, it’s frightfully easy. Each zone has 14 levels including these two bosses, and with three zones and some pretty easy levels. It won’t take you more than a few hours to complete Funk of Titans.
It’s hardly a graphical powerhouse either, but Funk of Titans has such a fantastic art style that you won’t care. Combine this with the funky tunes reminiscent of the early PlayStation platformers and it’s easy to fall in love with Funk of Titans. It’s just a shame there isn’t a lot of game to love.