A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Very basic good vs. evil themes, with a dash of humor. Tough challenges reward players for their persistence.
Positive Role Models
Lucky is a standard cartoon platformer hero. He doesn't talk much, but he's happy to help out anyone who needs a hand.
Ease of Play
A bit less forgiving than many platformers, but controls are responsive and it doesn't take long to become comfortable with Lucky's small collection of moves.
Violence & Scariness
Players control a cartoon fox who swishes his tail and jumps on animals and fantasy creatures. Enemies disappear in a puff of smoke when defeated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Lucky's Tale is a traditional 3D side-scrolling platformer. Players control a cartoonish fox who can swipe his tail and jump on enemies to attack them. Defeated foes -- a mix of colorful animals and more fantastical creatures -- disappear in a puff of smoke. The slim story depicts Lucky as a conventional hero, always ready to help folks while working to thwart a gang of evil kittens. A few challenges are perhaps a little harder than those of some other platformers, but the interface is easy to understand, and players are rewarded for their perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
Xbox-owning kids who are sad their console will never play host to a Mario adventure have a decent -- if markedly less substantial -- alternative in this competent little platformer. Super Lucky's Tale delivers in most of the ways it counts, providing us with a cute and likable hero in Lucky the fox, handsome cartoon graphics, and solid mechanics for running, jumping, attacking, and digging. And the levels to explore, though small, are filled with fun things to do, from solving puzzles and searching for hidden goodies (don't forget to stop and swivel the camera to see out-of-frame areas) to running gauntlets and figuring out how to defeat mini-bosses. Lucky lacks the range of abilities possessed by characters in other platformers, but he puts those he has to good use, seamlessly and satisfyingly transitioning from leaps to diving to dig through the ground for treasure.
But players familiar with Mario games may notice some of this game's shortcomings. For example, the flow of play -- jump into a level, earn clovers, move on to the next level -- is intuitive but unimaginative, and begins to feel repetitive after a while, especially when you eventually start revisiting levels looking for more collectibles. While other platformers keep things interesting by slowly evolving the main character or introducing new skills for players to master, Lucky is basically a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of hero. There are situations that force players to use his stock moves in new ways and develop mastery of the game's mechanics, but there are few surprises beyond this. It's still plenty of fun, especially when played in shorter bursts to keep a sense of repetition from setting in, but Lucky has a ways to go before he can compete with the true heavyweights of the genre.
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