Platformers were one of the main pillars of video games back in the 90s and Vicarious Visions has brought those games back to 2018 in fantastic fashion with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
The Adventure Pals is a “cartoon-inspired” platforming game.
It. Is. AWESOME.
I don’t even know where to begin with this game. I’ll start with the looks. Cartoony, bright, and adorable, The Adventure Pals borrows a lot of it’s aesthetic from games like Castle Crashers and old cartoons like Dexter’s Laboratory. Every human, creature, and hot dog in this game are just bursting with personality. The levels all have the same general look to them, a lot of dirt carefully placed to have the players jump all over with some sort of lush background representative of the world you are in. This, to me, was one of my very few complaints about the game. Each world has levels, and each level doesn’t feel, visually, that different from the one before it. The worlds themselves are great looking, you have everything from a tranquil forest to a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Mr. B has been going around kidnapping old people and turning them into hot dogs. Why? As he puts it:
That’s just some of the crazy humor you’ll find in The Adventure Pals. The game is filled with wonderful characters who have some great dialogue. Along with your trusty pet Giraffe, you will be going from world to world attempting to rescue the old people from becoming hot dogs all while trying to get your grandpa back. One of the best things about this game is the giraffe. As players jump across multiple platforming levels, the giraffe can use his tongue as a helicopter blade to slow your descent. It’s totally silly looking, but awesome.
The controls in this game are amazing. Which is a MUST for platforming games. The levels are just hard enough that if you make a mistake, you can easily see where it was and correct your movement. It’s nice to see a game provide a nice challenge without needing to resort to Boshy levels of difficulty. These levels are cleverly designed and players will need great timing and precise button presses to get past the later levels.
In addition to great platforming, there are also RPG elements in the game. Players level up and can select permanent boosts. Coins are collected and spent at shops to fill a backpack with bombs, health potions and more. There’s a basic attack that players can execute but there isn’t really an option to learn new skills. It would have been nice to have the players be able to learn and upgrade melee attacks, but not having that doesn’t take anything away from the game.
The Adventure Pals also has the option for drop-in/drop-out co-op. So you can get your own adventure pal, cuddle up on the couch and start getting through the game together. I can’t say enough good things about The Adventure Pals. Clearly the team at Massive Monster and Armor Games put in a ton of work creating this title. It’s fun, adorable, great looking, and runs so incredibly smooth on both my Xbox One, and my Xbox One X. If you’re looking for a new platforming game, look no further than The Adventure Pals.
The Adventure Pals is out now on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
The reviewer was given a code for review purposes.