If you want to play as a chubby chibi fellow who can transform into a wizard and ninja then Super Onion Boy 2 is a game just for you.
As I was browsing the Switch eShop recently, Super Onion Boy 2 caught my eye as a delightful retro 2D platformer and I was in the mood for one so I downloaded it, gave it a go, and I'm quite happy with what it has to offer. There isn't much story as you merely play as some kind of, well, onion boy who's on a mission to rescue his friends from a monster. In order to do so, you work through 30 levels that take place in different environments such as forests and cities and it all comes together to make for one charming adventure. v1d30chumz 18-232-59-38
Speaking of which, the visuals in Super Onion Boy 2 are bright and inviting complete with cute sprites and animations that make for one lighthearted world. From crazy-eyed crabs to jetpacking radishes and construction worker potatoes to squids that float around in bubbles; you're bound to have a hoot as you bop these chums on the head, especially whenever you're a wizard or ninja. There's a pretty good soundtrack, too, and even though it's not all that catchy, it provides a fun-filled atmosphere to the onscreen action.
Super Onion Boy 2's gameplay has you move left and right while jumping. Right off the bat, I felt like it could have used a run button to make it feel more like the iconic Super Mario games and after playing it for a while, that sentiment didn't really change. I'm happy that you can control the height of your jump according to how much you hold the jump button but the lack of a run button is definitely still noticeable. However, you can hold the jump button after bouncing off an enemy's head to leap higher which is quite cool. 😎
Another aspect of Super Onion Boy 2 that I appreciate is how much variety there is in the level designs, enemy types, and power-ups. For example, you can drink potions to turn into a wizard which has a long-range attack or a ninja that can double-jump and smash certain rocks. You can even float in a bubble and turn invincible with certain power-ups. These elements blend well with the stage designs which are often built with the power-ups in mind as you may be able to smash nearby rocks to discover a bonus area or float over a large chasm. Just don't get hit, though, because you'll lose your equipped power-up if you don't currently have a heart following you. ❤️
Even with the odd secret to discover, the levels are still extremely linear and the same can be said about the overall campaign as you simply move to the next level whenever you finish one. You can gather up to 5 stars in each stage but doing so is incredibly easy as they're almost always out in the open for you to snag along your travels. Besides that, there's no real reason to re-play levels which is kind of disappointing as I would have loved to increase my rank, complete optional challenges, or discover some substantial collectibles.
As far as indie 2D platformers go, Super Onion Boy 2 is certainly one of the better ones with its simple yet varied gameplay and adorable game world. If it were less linear and included a run button, I'd consider it to be an excellent game.
- + Simple yet entertaining 2D platforming with fun transformations
- + Cute graphics and chiptune music
- + Solid variety of enemies and situations
- - Campaign and levels are very linear
- - Could use a run button
- - No substantial replay incentives