Sometimes, you just have to kick it old-school. And by old-school, I mean kicking it back to the 90’s, when 3D platformers were just getting their start thanks to genre classics like Super Mario64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and plenty of others. Remember whiling away the hours playing Crash Bandicoot on your DS? Ah, those were the days.
Alright, so I’m a little too young to be nostalgic for the 90’s, and that joke about Crash on the DS was a joke (at least it was) should’ve been a dead giveaway. But I can appreciate a fun platformer, and New Super Lucky’s Tale is definitely one of those.
And if you’re a fan of 90s-style platformers, chances are you’ve seen (and likely played) some version of Super Lucky’s Tale on some platform or another. Originally a killer app for the Xbox One X, the game eventually found its way to nearly all its former competition, eventually getting an enhanced version called, appropriately, New Super Lucky’s Tale. Released on the Switch late last year, it’s now available for the PC, PlayStation 4 and – bringing things full circle – the Xbox One.
New Super Lucky’s Tale follows Lucky, a clever little fox searching for the pages of the Book of Ages that have been scattered throughout multiple worlds. Lucky races through mysterious lands, solving puzzles and collecting the book pages so he can find his way back to his family. As he searches for the pages, he runs into members of the Kitty Litter, who want to steal the pages for Jinx, their evil kitty overlord.
The game play is fun and mostly pretty simple; run through levels, collect coins and defeat the monsters with your powerful tail swipe. You’re able to burrow into the ground, which helps you reach certain objects and coins. There are little tasks you do throughout the game, like carrying golems back to their bodies to awaken a bigger golem. (Spoiler alert: the golems are a little sassy…and adorable!) You can unlock special outfits by doing these sidequests, and are definitely worth it the extra-effort.
Jumping on spinning wooden platforms makes you fall into mini games. These are usually simple puzzles where you use your tail swipe to move statues around until they land on the right switch. You’re rewarded with a book page, which will help you unlock new portals that take you to a new place. Each new world brings you a little closer to home!
In terms of story, the game is nothing incredibly special. The heart of this game actually lies with that. The story is simplistic and funny, and that’s a good thing. It matches the adorable graphics (the running animation never fails to make me smile,) silly characters, and quirky soundtrack. It makes the game an all-around easygoing and enjoyable adventure.
New Super Lucky’s Tale has a lot of charm. The graphics are clean and the artstyle is playful and fun. The soundtrack is so upbeat and catchy that I found myself nodding along with it and smiling, eager to hear the next tune. The gameplay is challenging at times, much like the better 3D platformers of yore, but still relaxing. If you missed this game on other platforms, including the original version on Xbox One, here’s your chance to play catch up and experience one of the better platforming adventures in years. If you want to be whisked away on a funny, high-spirited adventure for a while, then this is your lucky day.