Last year's delightful overhead adventure has a swanky new version made just for the Nintendo Switch. Ittle Dew 2+ is the same incredible game but does it feature enough new content? Hop on your raft and let's find out.
About this time last year, I played through and reviewed the impressive Ittle Dew 2. It won me over with its charming world, fantastic sense of humour, and addictive gameplay that had me hooked until I beat it. Considering I already discussed it at length, I highly recommend reading my full Ittle Dew 2 review if you're unfamiliar with the original version.
Ittle Dew 2+ includes the same memorable Zelda-style adventure complete with challenging yet doable puzzles, a cast of quirky characters, lighthearted music, rewarding collectibles, and a variety of satisfying weapons. Unlocking shortcuts on the overworld map and mastering dungeon after dungeon while uncovering a wealth of hidden goodies is super-satisfying, especially with the constantly charming world and intuitive controls that tie it all together. I can't say enough about how well Ittle Dew 2 crafts an engaging and enjoyable campaign. The developers definitely know what they're doing and their peers can learn a lot from them.
So, what's new in Ittle Dew 2+? Basically, there's a fresh and exciting Dream World area. This new land contains five dungeons that include forty cards which are fun to try and collect. Each dungeon within the Dream World can be accessed after you gain specific abilities so it's interesting how this world ties in with the main campaign. Upon traversing these dungeons and trying to collect all of the cards, you'll come across some very clever puzzles and even a brand new boss fight. Overall, the Dream World is a great addition for hardcore Ittle Dew 2 fans (such as myself) as it provides some welcome challenges that help extend the replay value substantially.
All of that being said, if you already own Ittle Dew 2 and aren't a huge fan who is eager to get their hands on more content then Ittle Dew 2+ is probably not worth purchasing, too. It makes me wish the Dream World would release as DLC for the original Ittle Dew 2 so every fan would have a chance to play through it. Anyway, those who haven't played Ittle Dew 2 yet should definitely pick up Ittle Dew 2+ because it's clearly the best version released so far. It's one incredible game, especially if you enjoy the classic overhead adventure formula as presented in The Legend of Zelda complete with a large overworld and extremely rewarding puzzle-filled dungeons.
Another minor complaint is that I wish the problems in the vanilla version were remedied here. The bosses are still quite repetitive, there are no additional difficulty settings, and some parts are still rather perplexing to figure out. If the developers fixed these issues then I can see Ittle Dew 2+ being a must-have Switch game like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
If you're a fan of the original Legend of Zelda and don't already own the vanilla Ittle Dew 2 then Ittle Dew 2+ is a must-buy adventure that's bursting with charm in a vibrant, memorable, and puzzle-filled world.
- + Same memorable Zelda-style adventure
- + Top-notch sense of humour and colourful world are as lively as ever
- + Dream World area is a great addition
- - Issues from the original remain unfixed
- - If you own the vanilla version then it might not be worth another purchase