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POSTED 6/11/17


SUPER LUCKY'S TALE

Playful Corp/Microsoft




Member when 3D platformers hit in the 1990s, and they were suddenly everywhere? We member.

We also member that some were great, some were OK and some were just plain unplayable. But then guns took over from cutesy furry antics, and it didn’t matter anymore.

But then some got tired of always shooting things, and 3D platformers started creeping back towards the outskirts of fashion. Then Super Mario Odyssey released, and anything else seemed pointless.

Unfortunately for hyper-cute little fox Lucky, he’s not only lobbed in a post-SMO world, but within less than a fortnight of the plumber’s latest assault on Bowser dropping.

Member when you said, “Uh-oh”?

As VR-free lovers of great platformers (this is an update of a VR-only release), we’ve been looking forward to Super Lucky’s Tale for a while. A quick recent hands-on also kept our interest high. Now we got to play it for hours on end. Member when we wanted to love something, but it kept pushing us away? We member. Mainly because it just happened.

Basically, you’re a fox who gets smooshed inside a book by cats. Never trust cats. It’s not just any old book, mind you, but the Book of Ages. You basically have to take on all manner of nasty comers as you bound about collecting coins and, more importantly, clovers. Controls are pretty standard, save for a cool underground dig attached to the right trigger.
 
Things start off rather simply, and you might think, “Cool, nice kids game”. But it soon loses balance, throwing in some utterly dumb level design with utterly dumber controls, as you squint to see what’s going on way, way back in the background – yet you require pinpoint accuracy.

That’s the most egregious annoyance, but you’re sure to find others as you replay levels many times over because required collectibles.

Super Lucky’s Tale isn’t bad, but it doesn’t stand out in any way other than being a 4K XOX launch title.

Member when you expected huge things of Super Lucky’s Tale? Sigh, we member.

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