[Review] Dodo Peak – Nintendo Switch

Written by Frank Sloan
  • Developer: Moving Pieces Interactive
  • Publisher: Screenwave Media
  • Release Date: 31/07/20
  • Price: £7.49 / $9.99
  • Review code provided by Screenwave Media

INTRODUCING: DODO PEAK SWITCH REVIEW

Ever wanted to play as an extinct bird trying to rescue your babies from different creatures and platforming while doing it? Well then, Dodo Peak is the game for you! This is simply a fun platformer that makes use of different levels & traps to cause havoc while you try to get to the objective. The goal is to save the baby dodos and get all 180 stars throughout the six worlds. Let’s explore what this little game has to offer!

SAVE THE BIRDS!

There isn’t much in the way of story when it comes to Dodo Peak. As soon as you load up the game you are greeted with level one of world one. You go right into it and are tasked with saving your babies. As you move through this arcade-inspired game, you realize that the difficulty increases. Even though Dodo Peak is lacking in story department, the game makes up for it with its numerous levels that have different layouts and goals to them.

HOP YOUR WAY TO VICTORY!

The gameplay of Dodo Peak is quite simple and easy to learn. The controls involve just moving up, down, left, and right. You are tasked with trying to save all the baby Dodos. However, the completionist in me always desired to go for the three stars on every level. Make sure to dodge the enemies as you go and watch out for traps! If you or your babies are hit once by any of these, its game over and you will have to restart the level.

You are also able to earn coins. These coins are used to unlock other worlds and costumes for your dodo bird to use. The costumes, while having a cosmetic effect, also have a speed boost. The more you spend on costumes, the faster you can go. There are about twenty costumes to choose from to deck your dodo out with! The gold dodo, slathered in gold, has a top speed and makes for an interesting gameplay experience.

HANDCRAFTED LEVELS!

The art within Dodo Peak is definitely visually appealing. Every world has a different theme to it and the 3D atmosphere, albeit simple, is quite nice to look at. I did enjoy that each world had a different theme to it. Even the background had some changes made to it. There are islands, volcanoes, beaches, and more to explore. However, the character models are quite simple and you can definitely tell these assets are from a mobile game at times.

The audio of Dodo Peak is nice, but can get repetitive quickly. The level select screen has a nice tune, however it goes away after some time and you’re left with ambient noise. I do wish they included more audio tracks to listen to throughout the different levels. The noises are quite simple, but still allow you to realize that you might be hit by a snake or some giant boulder crashing down the course.

UNLOCKS MAKE YOU GO FAST!

From a technical standpoint, the game is quite sold. I didn’t experience any lag or glitches while playing Dodo Peak. I tried it out in both handheld and docked mode. I noticed that I tended to play this more in handheld mode since the game lends itself to shorter bursts of play. I was also glad to see that there wasn’t input lag while navigating through the increasingly difficult levels throughout the game. This type of platformer can’t have input lag, as one false move will land you at a “Try Again” screen!

CONCLUSION

In closing, Dodo Peak is a fun little platformer. Is it worth the price of admission? I would say that depends on the type of game you are into. I can definitely see this game being better suited for a younger audience or beginner gamers. If you like having a short session of gameplay (5-15 minutes at a time) then it might better suite you. Longer play tended to get boring and a bit repetitive to me. I do wish that they included more music in the game and added some more to it to separate it from the Apple Arcade version. It’s nice to have Leaderboards and Weekly challenges to keep you coming back to strive for better times. Make sure to save those baby dodos!

PROS

  • Simple controls, easy for everyone
  • Weekly challenges & leaderboards
  • Over 50 levels with different layouts
  • Good for quick play sessions

CONS

  • No story content
  • Repetitive music
  • Not much different from phone app

Verdict
Dodo Peak is a fun 3D retro platformer with multiple levels to be enjoyed in quick bursts. However, it doesn’t stray too far from its mobile counterpart and can become repetitive.

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