Platform: 3DS eShop, Developer Winterworks GmbH
Disclaimer: The code for this 3DS game was obtained for free, from a source that had obtained if for free from the developer.
Bloo Kid 2 on the 3DS is a strange one; it almost does everything it says on the tin, retro style platform game with lovely designed pixel art, a full chiptune soundtrack and dozens of challenging levels. The game takes heavy inspiration from classic platformers like Super Mario, Sonic, Alex Kidd and Wonderboy, and combines them with its very own charm and aesthetics.
That’s what it says on the tin, I say almost as it takes very heavy inspiration from those games. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I do feel with this video game I might as well play the original classic game that Bloo Kid 2 imitates.
But if you are looking for something new from the retro platform front, one that has a bit of everything, Bloo Kid 2 does have that. You play as Bloo whom sets out to save his daughter Pink Kid through five distinct worlds, which starts with world 1 Green Hill (wonder where they got that name from?). It has 8 levels; each world has a boss level, meaning there is a total of 40+ levels, with many items to collect along the way.
These items include the standard gold stars, the three hard find to blue stars and more, which at the end of the level unlocks badges, so there is replay value, along with unlocking all 27 in-game achievements for collecting X amount of gold stars for instance and two extra modes Time Attack and Boss Rush. There is plenty of content for your £3.49, along with additional bonus-levels through content updates in the future.
The controls are simple, seeing you use the 3DS D-Pad to move Bloo Kid and either A or B to jump and that’s it. The 3D effect does give some depth to the characters and stages.
Overall I feel this is the sort of thing that is found on smartphones and it is for free, well there are ads after each level on the smartphone version but it does have leaderboards, which the 3DS version does not, along with your achievement’s being shared via Google+.
The 3D effect is nice, but I am not sure the £3.49 asking price is worth it when you can play the game for free on a smartphone for instance, but if you do use your 3DS a lot and want a 2D platformer that isn’t something you’ve already played like 3D Sonic the Hedgehog (which is only 60p more) then it’s worth a bash.