Review: Freedom Planet (Nintendo Switch)

The planet Avalice has long known a tenuous peace thanks to the Kingdom Stone: an orb of unknown origin that outputs enough free energy to power every device in the world, seemingly without limit.

Pros:

  • 16 Bit looking graphics.
  • 345MB Download size.
  • Action platformer gameplay.
  • Four difficulties- Casual, Easy, Normal and Hard.
  • 8 Save slots.
  • Six control schemes.
  • Time attack mode.
  • Badges- Games own in-game achievements.
  • Gallery- Shows unlocked cards and badges.
  • Cards- Found in levels, Unlocks songs and concept art.
  • Boss battles.
  • Big open levels with multiple routes and tons of secrets.
  • Actions- You can wall jump, glide, spin, attack and even use vehicles!
  • Cheerful soundtrack.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Has strong Sonic the hedgehog vibes.
  • Collect shields for extra protection.
  • Unlock new characters as you play.
  • Plays a lot like Sonic with the whole run to the right and jump on things.
  • Strong level design.
  • Underwater sections.
  • Feels like a modern retro game.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • Checkpoints throughout.

Cons:

  • Long levels and not very commute friendly.
  • Not that difficult.
  • Can skip many sections and enemies just by being clever and using the right routes.
  • Doesn’t explain everything.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Achievements do not pop up on screen.
  • Feels more like a Sonic clone than a love letter.
  • Very repetitive.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
8/10

Summary

If you get the fact that this plays like a Sonic game, Looks like a Sonic game and uses so many mechanics from a Sonic game, Then Freedom Planet is a very good action platformer. The fact you can play it whilst being in a vehicle is just crazy and really smart how it works in the game. I loved the sheer size of levels with so many routes and secrets to find, The downside to this being it’s very hard to finish a level satisfactory on a short commute. Anyway, it has great boss battles and decent satisfaction. In short, it is not Sonic but it feels like a Sonic game. That’s not a good or bad thing, Freedom Planet manages to carve out its own identity and is a lot of fun to play.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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