While I’ve been fortunate enough to be introduced to platformers over the years thanks to games like Super Mario Bros., this generation of platformers tend to cater to more experienced players. Thankfully, developer Flying Wild Hog is giving younger gamers a chance to experience a platformer in its simplest form with JUJU.
After a petition for the localization of Japan’s Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode (3DS) and Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (PSVita) appeared online. Turning a blind-eye to the demand, Namco Bandai released the West-exclusive Digimon All-Star Rumble — a prime example of “be careful what you ask for.”
When it was announced that Austrian publisher Nordic Games acquired the MX vs. ATV series after THQ declared bankruptcy and that the original developer Rainbow Studios would be handling the revival, fans were eager to get back on the dirt track again. But while MX vs ATV: Supercross is mildly entertaining, it ultimately feels outdated.
Based on the Disney XD series of the same name, last year’s Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures was an unexpected decent licensed video game. It’s sequel doesn’t stray far from its predecessor’s simple take on the 3D platformer genre, but it offers enough new features to keep fans of the show and the genre engrossed until the end.
Though not without flaws, recent video games based on the Transformers universe have managed to win over even the most dedicated fans. In an effort to merge High Moon Studios’ successful Cybertron series with the movie tie-ins based on the Michael Bay films, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is a muddled mess that drags the Cybertron series down in the process.
When Drinkbox Studios released Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack for the Vita in 2012, it offered a charming yet challenging puzzle platformer that tastefully incorporated the system’s capabilities. Fast forward two years and aside from a few tweaks to accommodate for the lack of a touch-screen, the PS3 and 360 port is surprisingly just as fun.
Traveller’s Tales brings us back to the brick-ridden Middle-earth for another dose of hobbits and orcs in LEGO The Hobbit, but with minimal enhancements since the recently released LEGO: The Movie Game and LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes, I can’t help but begin to experience a little LEGO fatigue.