3D platformers are seeing a resurgence lately and now an adorable fox is throwing his cape in the ring. Super Lucky's Tale may look like a lovely take on the genre but does it live up to its contemporaries?
Super Lucky's Tale tells the story of a fox named Lucky who one day becomes trapped in the Book of Ages. His more capable sister is still in their world so it's up to Lucky to prove his worth and escape the book all by himself. Along the journey, you'll meet a cast of quirky NPCs and face off against a gang of sinister felines known as Jinx and the Kitty Litter. The world is bursting with a lively sense of wonder and the soft textures and bright colours really come to life. One part of the graphics that impressed me a great deal is the animations. Watching Lucky pounce and hop along on all fours is so cute. When you factor in the moving environments and goofy enemies, you're looking at one delightful game world that does a superb job of presenting a fantastical atmosphere. Simply put, it looks like a children's storybook come to life.
Controlling Lucky is quite simple as you run and jump around. His most unique feature is the ability to burrow under soft ground in order to tunnel underneath obstacles and hazards while perhaps snagging some treasures in the process. The question is; do foxes unearth gold coins in real life? Anyway, the gameplay shifts from 2D to 3D depending on the current stage and it's generally handled very well. Collecting a wealth of coins and goodies then taking care of some enemies only to solve a puzzle and earn yourself a valuable four-leaf clover as a reward simply feels great. It's very easy to pick up and play so gamers of all ages can enjoy themselves. That is, unless you desperately need a challenge. In any case, there's no denying that Super Lucky's Tale is full of solid platforming goodness.
The campaign in Super Lucky's Tale is full of a surprising amount of variety. Besides the 2D and 3D stages, you'll also play through a bunch of mini-games such as one where you tilt a table while guiding a marble and another where you slide columns so they reach their goals. You'll also battle a handful of bosses that are pretty enjoyable to take down. As you play, you'll unlock a bunch of four-leaf clovers which act as the main collectible. You acquire them by accomplishing tasks such as completing stages, discovering secrets, collecting a certain amount of coins, and spelling the word "LUCKY". There's certainly a lot to do and the campaign is thankfully quite lengthy.
Super Lucky's Tale is a fun game but it has its problems. For starters, the gameplay lacks innovation. If you've ever played a 3D platformer before then you won't come across much new and exciting here. Also, the platforming can be rather inaccurate. Usually, you can judge where you'll land by looking at your shadow but sometimes it's hard to see. There's nothing more frustrating than falling from high up because you accidentally missed a jump. Finally, figuring out how to progress is sometimes tricky. For example, you may open up a path that you can't see unless you explore every inch of your surroundings and once you find it, it might not be obvious that's where you need to go. It causes some needless wandering around but it still doesn't take much away from the fun.
3D platformers don't get much more generic than Super Lucky's Tale. That being said, if you're looking to go on a relaxing adventure in an adorable world then you'll find a solid and ultimately enjoyable platformer here.
- + Accessible and solid platforming gameplay in both the 2D and 3D stages
- + Adorable visuals and superb animation
- + Campaign features a lot of variety
- - Gameplay is mostly "been there, done that"
- - Platforming occasionally feels inaccurate
- - It's not always clear how to progress