By: Rory on October 9, 2001
If you are into the recent trend of "short" games, then Ico will be a gem to you. If you don't like these new short games - rent Ico, beat it, and return it. Either way, Ico is definitely an experience you will want to have. Whether it is worth $10 an hour, it is up to you. The gameplay is awesome, but the story could use a little more meat.
The story is based upon Ico, a boy who was the last of his generation to be born with horns. In his village, that boy is treated normal until his horns grow in (for Ico, that is 12 years old) then he is taken to a run down castle and locked away for all eternity. When Ico is first in there, he has a dream of a princess in the castle, Yorda. He manages to break free and searches for her. It isn't long until you find her, then her life is in your hands. Shadow demons are constantly trying to get her, so you can't leave her alone.
Also, it is the first game of its kind, where you control and protect another person. The game focuses on its puzzles, and has a minor amount of action involved - which is protecting Yorda from the demons. The puzzles themselves are rather easy, and you shouldn't have much trouble, but keeping track of where each doors leads in the enormous castle is a hard task itself.
Overall, you should at least try Ico out. Although it is short, it is better this way, for the gameplay does get slightly repetitive. Like I said before, I recommend you rent it and beat it. And don't forget to wait through the credits for a surprise.
Overall Score: 8 out of 10