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Badland: Game of the Year Edition

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, challenging side-scrolling fantasy adventure.

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It's pretty clear that Badland was made for bite-size play sessions on mobile devices. The levels, while redesigned for consoles, are very short for a couch game, and the controls are a smidgeon too simplistic -- even with the added ability to use a control stick to control speed and direction rather than simply tap to control lift. Everything is optimized nicely, and the controls feel natural, but most players are used to (and probably expect) something a bit more complex when playing on a console.

But that's not to say this version of the popular side-scroller isn't challenging or fun. It's still a great little game with a gorgeous silhouette art style and a ton of personality (the glowing-eyed animals spied in level backgrounds remain wonderfully enigmatic). Working out how to get past cleverly designed obstacles and traps -- even if it's sometimes simply a process of trial and error -- is generally quite rewarding, and the slowly evolving story, simple though it may be, still manages to sink in a couple of hooks. Badlands: Game of the Year Edition isn't going to blow people's minds the way the original mobile version did for people playing it on phones, but the satisfying mechanics and quality of craftsmanship still shine through. There's much here to enjoy.

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