With half a billion 2D platformers releasing on a weekly basis, it's a fun change of pace to enjoy a 3D one every now and then. Thankfully, Lucky's back in a remade iteration of his laidback and adorable adventure.
Back in 2017, I played and reviewed Super Lucky's Tale for Xbox One. Little did I know at the time, it was actually a sequel to the 2016 VR game simply titled Lucky's Tale. Considering Lucky hasn't made it to PS4 yet, I really hope that they make a PlayStation VR version and call it something like New Super Lucky's Tale DX: VR Edition Supreme. Anyway, considering I already reviewed the Xbox One version, I'm going to mostly focus on the differences in this review. So, if you'd like to learn more about the previous version then be sure to check out my Super Lucky's Tale review before reading any further. To sum it up, Super Lucky's Tale is a fun, cute, and mostly standard 3D platformer and this version is a substantial improvement so let's dive in and see what makes it such an enjoyable game.
New Super Lucky's Tale looks absolutely fantastic. The developers added a great deal of visual assets and effects that really bring the world to life. One of my favourite things to look at are the adorable miniature owls, snails, and critters that populate the environments as they hop, fly, and squirm about. They're honestly so cute that I want to pick them up and punch every last one of them. Anyway, there are lots of other visual treats like gorgeous lighting effects, rewarding end of level screens, and cute little costumes for Lucky. Speaking of the little fox, I noticed that his animations are different this time around. In the Xbox One version, he runs about on all fours and here, he only uses his hind legs which makes him look like a charming little chap as he excitedly scurries around.
One thing that Super Lucky's Tale accomplished very well is feature a load of variety in its campaign. You'll regularly switch between 2D and 3D platforming stages and discover plenty of optional puzzles and hidden areas that will challenge you with arena battles and platforming scenarios. Trying to find everything and master stages 100% will require a lot of snooping around in nooks and crannies and discovering secrets is very rewarding stuff indeed. In New Super Lucky's Tale, many of the stages are retooled which resulted in them being much more streamlined, intuitive, and enjoyable. Plus, I found the platforming to be more accurate this time around and controlling the camera is well handled so you can always get a firm grasp of your surroundings as well as look around for hidden goodies.
Even with all of these enhancements in place, New Super Lucky's Tale remains a very unchallenging game which will likely disappoint genre veterans. Of course, it's still a fantastic game for kids and it's definitely innocuous enough for gamers of all ages so if you want to introduce your children to 3D platformers then you really can't do much better than this. Along the same lines, the core gameplay is pretty standard even with all of the variety thrown in so if you're a seasoned gamer like I am then you'll likely just casually play it while generally going through the motions and not thinking twice about strategizing or putting any sort of effort in.
3D platformers don't get much cuter than New Super Lucky's Tale. Although it can be fun for less skilled gamers, genre veterans will likely find it a bit too unengaging due to its low degree of challenge and typical core gameplay.
- + Same solid and varied platforming gameplay that's fun for all ages
- + Substantial graphical upgrade
- + Retooled stages are better than ever
- - Gameplay is still rather generic
- - Very unchallenging throughout