Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sackboy: A Big Adventure Review

Co-op 3D platforming awesomeness

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is also available for PS4

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is rated Everyone by the ESRB

It's been quite a while since Sackboy has starred in a new game and this Big Adventure is perhaps his most enjoyable journey so far.

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Looks like we have an audience, Sackboy!

Right off the bat, I'm sure you're wondering what Sackboy: A Big Adventure is and how it relates to LittleBigPlanet. First of all, whereas LittleBigPlanet was primarily focused on 2D platforming, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a 3D platformer which is a huge departure for the little fellow. Not only that, Sackboy: A Big Adventure doesn't feature a robust level creation aspect as it's simply a structured campaign. That being said, if you'd like to make and share 3D platforming levels then definitely check out Media Molecule's Dreams which features an astoundingly deep creation component and some truly awe-inspiring experiences crafted by players. Now that you know what to expect from Sackboy: A Big Adventure, let's dive into its imaginative world that's bursting with fun.

2D Platformers vs. 3D Platformers
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Time to dress these adorable fellows up

I didn't know what to expect before playing Sackboy: A Big Adventure and once me and my constant chum played a few levels, we were both amazed. Hours later, we still couldn't put our controllers down. What makes it such an awesome experience is that its gameplay is tight, intuitive, and varied while its world is filled with lovely sights and sounds. It's sensory overload for gamers who love 3D platformers. Also, the campaign is tailored for cooperative gameplay in that there are many areas that you have to play through with a friend in order to master them and even outside of these areas, playing with a pal elevates the fun to a whole new level. With that in mind, you can play by yourself but doing so won't be nearly as enjoyable. Overall, this is probably my new favourite co-op game.

The premise of Sackboy: A Big Adventure is that a dastardly dude named Vex is threatening Craftworld so it's up to Sackboy to thwart his nefarious plans. The adventure ahead takes place within 5 distinct worlds that each contain a wide variety of stages and challenges. At its core, the gameplay involves running and jumping around and although there's no double-jump, you can tap the jump button again to do a little flutter which is similar to but less effective than what Yoshi can do. Meanwhile, you defeat enemies by jumping on their heads or slapping them and there are optional moves to master, too, such as a tornado attack and diving punches so the amount of combat depth is entirely up to how simple or complex you'd like it to be. Of course, pulling off the flashier moves is satisfying stuff for sure.

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You take the high road; I'll take the low

Aside from the core mechanics, you'll discover an absurd amount of variety throughout the adventure. Whether you're rolling down a track in a ball, zip-lining above gorgeous environments, or carefully guiding critters back to their pen; there's a ton of fun to be had. Plus, some levels feature licensed music that actually makes the level go with the song which completely blew my mind. In fact, one level is set to The Private Psychedelic Reel by The Chemical Brothers which is one of my personal favourite tracks of all time and when the music started, I couldn't believe my ears. Needless to say, the level that followed made my jaw drop. Anyway, you'll also accomplish tasks like complete platforming time trials (some of which are co-op only), explore to find keys, grab spinning sponges, throw enemies at targets, walk on walls, solve puzzles, and you'll even discover a wealth of bonus levels as you explore and progress.

I can't stress enough how fun-filled and wonderful the world within Sackboy: A Big Adventure is as it's bursting with detailed and colourful environments, awesome music, and a delightful cast of characters. On top of that, I found myself regularly laughing out loud as I played because watching Sackboy cling to a rocket only to have it quickly take off and explode or posing your character in silly ways after you beat a level before your partner inevitably smacks you is simply hilarious. I mean, the gameplay is excellent on its own and with so many optional challenges to master and goodies to discover, you'll spend a lot of time within its wondrous world. Also, amassing a wealth of currency only to splurge on costumes, emotes, and facial expressions adds a layer of personality to it all in a brilliant way. I think the only downside is that some of the hidden goodies are a bit too hidden which made me and my chum scratch our heads at a few points.

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How are these little goofballs ever going to defeat Vex?

Sackboy: A Big Adventure accomplishes what few modern games do by simply offering an unabashedly lighthearted world that's bursting with joy, fun, and plenty of laughs. It's an absolute must-have for any gamer who enjoys co-op experiences.

  • + Huge campaign featuring spot-on gameplay and oodles of variety throughout
  • + Adorable visuals and excellent music
  • + Tons of challenges and replay value
  • - Not nearly as fun while playing solo
  • - Some things are a bit too hidden
9.3 out of 10
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