A game named Funk of Titans says a lot: two different words in two different worlds. “Funk” is a genre of music related to African Americans in the 1960s, while “titans” are the towering deities in Greek mythology. The developer, A Crowd of Monsters, created a world that meshes these two worlds together. The result is a crazy plot including deicide, controls requiring two buttons most of the time, and background music giving off that cool smooth funk. The game was first released for the Xbox One earlier this year, and just a few weeks ago was released for the PC via Steam.
In Funk of Titans, Apollo is not the god of music. In fact, Zeus and Perseus are not Greek per se; rather, they are the funky gods of music. Zeus reprises his role as the father of the gods and has created music to share with the rest of the mortals. However, as the traditional Greek mythology goes, there is always treachery lying around the corner. Pagan titans have adulterated the funk and created other forms of music, specifically in the forms of pop, rap, and rock. The titans are using the new music genre to influence the humans into mindless zombies.
To counter the infidels, Zeus (who looks like a shaved Wesley Snipes in the Blade movies) summons his son and champion Perseus, not Hercules, to rock his afro and defeat them. The journey takes Perseus to three different areas that are occupied by a titan representing a music genre. Perseus is not alone in the journey; his trusty steed, Pegasus in the form of a pimped-out pony-on-a-stick will be by his side along the way.
In essence, Funk of Titans is a runner platformer. Perseus has two buttons for controlling him: one for jumping and another for attacking. Just like any other runner platformers, Perseus will have to jump over gaps and attack enemies that are in his way as well as collect golden vinyl records that stand as the game’s currency. The records can also be obtained by leveling up via completing certain objectives, which is again common in the runner platformers.
The records, which have the look of gold coins, can be used to buy and customize Perseus’s looks. Perseus can shave off his afro, put on a Stormtrooper helmet, and wield either a wooden sword or an ear of corn. The customization has little to do with the gameplay itself. There will be some levels where Perseus cannot access a secret area because he is not wielding a weapon that is capable of breaking down a barrier, and this can hinder completing all of the achievements within a certain level.
These achievements are: collecting all of the golden vinyl records (100 in each level), finding the hidden Pegasus head, and not getting attacked by enemies. Completing these achievements in all of the 40+ levels is a completionist’s task and only warrants gathering more currency for customization and unlocking a bonus level that utilizes Pegasus. In these bonus levels, Perseus will ride Pegasus and an action button is deliberately mashed in order to avoid obstacles while collecting more records.
To deviate from the mundane running and jumping, there are at least two levels in every area that is a boss battle. In these battles, Perseus must dispatch a titan by inputting the right directional buttons when they appear. While similar to quick-time events in interactive dramas, it does not get any interesting since they are predictably placed and only utilizes those four buttons.
For a game centered on music, Funk of Titans does not leave a lasting impression. The music is good; the funky music befits the tempo of a level, and the music battles between the titans can be cool. However, the music is not catchy enough to remember after breaking away from the game.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
There is one element of the game that may be outstanding enough to warrant a purchase: its reimagination of a Greek mythology story. However, Funk of Titans fails to impress in the gameplay element. The simple controls may appease the casual gamer, but it will not take long to get bored of the same running, jumping, attacking, flying off a pimped-out Pegasus, and yes, even killing titans after a few levels.
To find out more about Funk of Titans, visit its Steam page.
Defeat Titans to Uphold the Funky Music
Plot - 8/10
Gameplay - 4/10
Design - 6/10
+ Cool story about funky gods killing other titans
– Just another runner platformer
– Music not impressive enough