It seems like there's a new 2D puzzle platformer every single day. So Many Me is a charming little adventure that'll make you think outside the box to solve its complex stages so let's step into a cloning machine and see what it's all about.
So Many Me stars a little green blob named Filo who somehow gets cloned near the beginning of his adventure. So, he travels through the lands while discovering his clones who now have unique personalities. The gameplay is similar to almost any other 2D platformer with the exception that you can transform into various useful objects. Doing so will put you in control of the next "Me" in line. Therefore, you can only use an amount of objects that doesn't exceed your party size. While running around and jumping, the trail of discovered clones follows you but thankfully only the leader can be harmed.
As you progress, you'll come across loads of complexities such as having colours allow individual blobs to morph into floating balloons and trampolines, and being able to transform your party into a dinosaur or tank. The stages themselves get quite crazy so figuring out how to progress often requires you to think outside the box and utilize your many tools in the process. Doing so may be tricky but it feels very satisfying whenever you pull off a clever chain of events.
So Many Me is a rather cute game with adorable characters, warm colour palettes, and simple stage designs. The audio is surprisingly immersive as it features suitable music to your environments and sound effects that let you know what dangers lurk around you. The little blobs make cute noises when they talk while chimes from collecting items make every discovery a joy. Overall, the delightful sights and sounds add a sense of wonder to the gameplay and that's hard to come by in this day and age.
One of So Many Me's best features is the amount of content to unlock. Playing through each stage is easy but finding all of the items is a feat fit for a puzzle platforming expert. You can unlock additional blobs per area which makes things easier, materials to craft handy gadgets, and new costumes so you can make your party more stylish. The gadgets are the coolest of these items as they can allow you to become invincible to cannon fire and transform into blocks more efficiently which essentially allows you to travel anywhere by deploying blocks mid-air whenever you wish. That'll make mastering the handful of worlds and bonus clock tower stages easier!
As I've already touched upon, So Many Me can be quite challenging. For some gamers, it might be even too difficult. Whether you're a 2D puzzle platformer expert or not, it's safe to say that you'll come across parts from time to time that'll make you want to throw your controller. Sometimes, this is due to simply not knowing what to do while other times, you can't progress because you have to chain a very specific array of events together and you keep slipping up halfway through. Annoyances aside, the platforming is essentially dull when compared to other games in the genre. Also, jumping on enemies' heads multiple times only to watch them fall off the screen couldn't be less satisfying. In other words, the puzzles are challenging but the core gameplay is often disappointing.
So Many Me is a fantastic 2D puzzle platformer that'll test your ability to creatively work out tricky scenarios. If that sounds like your kind of game then these little green blobs will not disappoint.
- + Solid 2D puzzle-filled stages with many challenging complexities
- + Cute visuals and immersive audio
- + Lots of unlockable goodies
- - Prepare for some frustrating sections to thoroughly test your patience
- - Platforming and taking on enemy forces generally lacks a sense of satisfaction