Voodoo Vince Remastered is an updated version of a classic Xbox platformer that follows a voodoo doll named Vince. His boss Madam Charmaine has been kidnapped and her magical Zombie Dust all stolen. It's up to him to deal with the evil forces summoned by this magical essence and to make his way to where Charmain has been taken. The game really hasn't aged well in terms of its platforming with some elements being awkward and the world blocky. This does however carry a certain charm to it as you can tell that this is an older title and while those elements haven't carried well, the story does.
It was a charming tale of this sarcastic little guy and I'd like to see more of him in the future. The campaign is largely focused around completing some short puzzles in various areas that weren't very confusing and then do a simple boss battle. There's also a death system in place that appears after losing many hearts and it sends you to the main menu. This was odd as it doesn't seem necessary since it could just continue you, when loading in most of the time your actions were kept finished anyways. At its core, the game is something anyone could play yet it can be grueling at times as well. There's actually some good length to the story and while dependant on how well you handle the levels there's quality there.
This really isn't much of a remaster to say as more in the lines of a port. It does look significantly better than the original by far though the textures aren't changed. It seems be more of a port there with full HD support and modern Xbox integrations. The character model for Vince was however fantastic with great little bits of detail and there was some solid resolution there. It would have been better to see the game get enhanced a tad more though it runs smooth and looks fine regardless. For the most part I liked the core of the game with some frustrating platforming elements throughout. At times there was great annoyance with the size of Vince as platforms would get cut off below you or when swinging on open air hooks I couldn't ever see them.
Windows 10 PC
Since this is amazingly a Xbox Play Anywhere game your saves, achievements and content are shared between the two versions. The PC version felt smooth with the keyboard, but there are few options for visuals. It mainly just comes down to a quality selector, but for such an old game I'm not sure what I expected. It looked good on my 4K screen, running smooth with little effort and I can see it having solid performance on any basic PC.
I liked Voodoo Vince, the character was entertaining and it was hilarious that injuring him often helped with progression. The array of death options were creative as you would collect additional ones across levels and the small set of collectibles added just enough extra to do. It can be a rather difficult game as the later levels were very intense, but rewarding and by the end I had enjoyed it overall. It's definitely a classic sort of Xbox title of which there are not many so worth checking out either for nostalgia or a solid platforming game. I would certainly like to see this character return in a modern title as I felt there was great promise for him.
Voodoo Vince Remastered Review on Xbox One & PC
Review Code Provided by Beep Games