Marsupilami has been around a long time and the franchise now has a new 2D platformer that's absolutely wonderful so let's jump to it.
I love 2D platformers and after watching the trailer for Marsupilami: Hoobadventure, I wanted to play it as it seemed promising. Now that I've finished it and even got myself a flashy platinum trophy, I must say that it completely exceeded my expectations as it's one of the best games in the genre that I've played in recent years. There really isn't much story as you simply play as Punch, Twister, or Hope who are on a quest to capture a ghost after they accidentally release it while playing with things they found on the beach. Let that be a lesson to you, kids! Of course, you don't really need a story but this silly premise acts as a worthy driving force nonetheless. v1d30chumz 52-203-18-65
No matter which character you decide to play as, the gameplay remains the same. There are only 3 buttons to use but you can perform a surprising amount of actions with them as you use them at certain times and in various circumstances. On top of running and jumping, you can mash a button to roll which increases your speed substantially. I absolutely loved rushing through levels as I rolled around while attempting the time attacks. Anyway, you can tap that button while grounded in order to perform a little punch and while in mid-air, you can use it to latch onto things which is a big part of the gameplay. Whether you're latching onto temporary hooks that give you a vertical boost, taking a ride on a fixed track, or flinging yourself forward while fighting a boss; it's fast-paced and supremely satisfying.
Considering how many moves you'll end up performing as you leap, roll, and grapple your way through the campaign; it's really quite something that it's all handled as intuitively as it is. Jumping from wall to wall, smashing down with a stomp move into treasure chests in order to claim what's inside, and having birds spit you around as if they're barrels in Donkey Kong Country is a great deal of fun. 😄
With such enjoyable gameplay, I'm pleased that the level designs are superb as well, especially with all of the rewarding collectibles that you'll discover within secret areas and after brief challenges that become quite difficult near the end. I found replaying levels in order to find missing feathers and dojo challenges to actually be fun and on top of that, completing the time trials is an absolute blast. I wish there were online leaderboards but trying to achieve gold medals is challenging enough that if you manage to do that for every stage, you deserve a pat on the back! There are tough optional levels to unlock, too, and you can redeem tickets for fruit-filled bonus stages that will grant you extra lives. Plus, there are gallery items that include concept art, 3D art, and music tracks that you can listen to. 🎵
Although all of this sounds like a lot of content, Marsupilami: Hoobadventure certainly doesn't feature many levels to master as there are only 28 of them. You could essentially complete the whole game in a couple of hours if you rush through which is kind of disappointing. It's such a great game that I hope to see a sequel with at least double the campaign length. Another issue is that you get too many lives which makes them feel redundant just like they do in New Super Mario Bros. 2. In fact, I maxed them out at 99 before the end. 😅
I got so caught up in how much fun Marsupilami: Hoobadventure is, I haven't even discussed how it looks yet! As you can tell by the screenshots, it's a very colourful game and I found its vibrant environments to be quite beautiful. A lot of effort clearly went into fleshing out details within all of the foregrounds and backgrounds which makes every level have depth and that's rare for 2D platformers. I also loved the animation which brings the cartoon world to life. Whether you're watching your character fluidly run and jump around or a boss laughing at you once you fail, it's one delightful feast for the eyes. The music is excellent, too, and features plenty of fitting vibes.
Marsupilami: Hoobadventure is one of those games that has no right to be as good as it is. Even after over 30 years of playing 2D platformers, it really took me back to why I love the genre with its intuitive and rewarding gameplay and cheerful presentation.
- + Outstanding platforming gameplay with an intuitive and satisfying move set
- + Beautiful stages and animation
- + Multiple rewarding replay incentives
- - Fairly short as it can be completed in about a couple of hours
- - Far too many extra lives take away from the sense of challenge