Ozzy is a robot. A small, innocent robot which some evil mastermind has decided to trap inside a platform-cum-puzzle challenger until he escapes. Tough luck for Ozzy but good news for any Android users looking for a slice of side-scrolling action on their smartphone. To escape from his dastardly confines, Ozzy must unlock doors, dodge some not so friendly robots and generally dash to the other end of the level without landing in harms way.
At £1.29, Ozzy’s Odyssey roughly justifies its price tag. The graphics are rudimentary and the experience is nothing new but we’ve learnt to love and loathe our rogueish cyborg with equal measure. Since Ozzy’s ‘Odyssey’ is more of a short trek at 19 levels, its difficulty curve lurches forward at a frustrating pace, morphing from genteel to fiendish within the blink of an eye.
Similarly, as the first time work of indie development company Carbon Crystal Games, Ozzy’s expedition is not without its niggles. One level had us running into a switch that refused to budge after we’d flicked it and died the first time. A quick restart rendered the problem solved but slamming into the same wall for five minutes with no idea what we’d done wrong, or right the first time, was an undoubted arse.
Where Ozzy thrives though, is in his obedience. The tiny droid’s ability to soak up the blame from our own cack-handedness is quite astounding. Maybe he enjoyed the message ‘You lost your head’ rolling up onscreen with embarrassing frequency. Maybe he realised such tribulations would ultimately hasten his escape from the cruel Odyssey. Or maybe he’s just a figment of a smartphone app who has no real emotions at all.
No matter. For the large part, we enjoyed our journey with Ozzy and he surely enjoyed it too. His story is a testament to the ambition of its developers, taking a simple concept and making it work for the Android platform. Ozzy’s Odyssey won’t be the best app they produce but it is their first, and everyone’s got to start somewhere.
The Bottom Line
Ozzy’s Odyssey is not a glitch-free adventure but despite its flaws, we still felt the need to see our robot friend through to the end of his journey. That timeless mix of platform frolics and brain-testing puzzles is as addictive as ever.
Version reviewed 2.05
Requires Android 1.5 or higher