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The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun - PSP - Preview

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Between SpongeBob, Ben 10, Clone Wars and countless Disney properties, cartoons have been a great source for new game ideas. This fall, you’ll be able to add another one to the list – The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun.

If you’ve never heard of this series before, then you clearly haven’t been watching Cartoon Network. The series is about the Saturday family, led by the courageous Zak Saturday. Zak and co. are scientific explorers with a fictitious twist. Rather than search for elements we know to be real, the Saturday family wants nothing more than to protect the Cryptids. These mysterious creatures are discovered within The Secret Saturdays’ world.

As a game, the developers hope to expand on that concept, giving players the chance to control Zak. Other Saturday family members, such as Doc, Drew and Doyle, will be playable as well. If this weren’t enough, the developers also threw in the family’s pet Cryptids: Zon, Fiskerton and Komodo. Other Cryptids may also be playable, though it seems we’ll have to wait to find out which ones.

The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun PSP screenshots

Developed by High Voltage, Beasts of the 5th Sun isn't going to be your everyday run-of-the-mill licensed product. Instead, the game is a 2D side-scroller with a Bionic Commando-style grappling hook that lets the lead character climb and swing across just about everything. Plus, he can use his unique power (the name of which I am not sure) to take control of beasts he encounters and use them to his advantage. Sometimes it's as simple as making a beast get angry and destroy a computer, which will then release a lock or some other barrier, allowing you to progress. But you can physically control some of the beasts as well, which should make the game more amusing than it already is.

For those who must have 3D gameplay, there are going to be at least a few 3D areas where you'll button-mash an enemy to his demise. But these areas were a very small part of the E3 demonstration. For the most part, the developers are shooting for pure 2D goodness.

Unfortunately, like so many games we anticipate, you’ll have to wait until fall to get your hands on The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun. Luckily, this one should be worth the wait.

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