Lost in translation
by James Nouch 4/12/2013
Genre: Arcade, Platform
It doesn't seem as though it should be all that difficult to make a good 2D platformer.
Create a likeable character, lovingly place some floating platforms, and toss some primary colours about. Bosh. Job done.
But there's a reason that Mario hasn't encountered a serious challenger for his platforming crown over the last 25 years. It turns out that this genre is an extremely tough nut for developers to crack, and Nintendo seems to be one of the few with access to the secret recipe.
The speed and momentum of the main character have to be just so; the controls have to be perfectly responsive; and every jump has to feel satisfying yet predictable.
KiKORiKi is a 2D platformer with imprecise controls, unsatisfying character movement, and unpredictable physics. There's a likeable bunch of colourful characters here, but little else to recommend
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