Reviewed by @Brett_SevenDaze
- Developer: Fabio Ferrara
- Publisher: Chubby Pixel
- Release Date: 25/07/2019
- Price: £11.69 / $19.99
- Review code provided by Chubby Pixel
Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to review Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, since then Fabio has been hard at work putting the finishing touches to the ambitious sequel Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe. To put into context on how vast Chubby Pixel’s latest offering is I was able to play through the first game in, under 2 hours this time around 20 hours were spent exploring the woodlands. The open-world 3D platformer has been taken over by a black substance which is absorbing the life and energy of the inhabitants and environment, It is down to Woodle to save the sages and restore peace to the woodlands.
The huge map boasts new terrains to explore from mountains to climb, lakes to dive into and deserts to navigate. There are 3 water drops to find in each area, once you have found them the sage’s soul will be returned and tranquillity will be restored. There is very little to the storyline other than a brief explanation at the start and a quick cutscene once you have collected the 3 water drops in each area, but is that a bad thing? Woodle Tree 2 Deluxe is a cutesy open-world 3D platformer that appeals to all ages. It would feel wrong if this game had an overly dramatic storyline, This is what makes this game approachable to everyone whether it’s my 4-year-old daughter who just wants to wander around collecting the fruit or the most seasoned of platformer players.
Is a huge map a good or a bad thing?
There is no denying that the open-world map compared to Woodle’s first outing is gigantic but this could be one of the main issues with the game. Some of the areas can seem somewhat desolate with not a lot going on, I feel this could put completionists off once the main game has been played through due to it feeling like a grind which takes the fun out of it.
The gameplay has had a complete overhaul and with the massive improvements to the camera angles Woodle Tree 2 Deluxe is a joy to play. There are a few frustrating moments, like falling from the top of the mountain and having to climb back to to the top due to a misjudged jump and missing the ledge but this can be made less stressful by unlocking checkpoints dotted throughout the world. You can jump to any warp pad by pressing + to access the map then pressing A to be transported there.
The game looks great with the graphics being colourful and smooth but it does have its fair share of problems from frame rate issues, items and ledges appearing the closer you get to them and the game shutting down unexpectedly but since writing this review there has been an update fixing some of the issues listed.
To help you progress there are plenty of upgrades and accessories to collect, these can be unlocked by gathering the blue and red coloured berries scattered throughout the map and exchanged at one of the huts located in the main plaza. The red berries are used for new masks and leaves whereas the rarer blueberries are used to upgrade moves and abilities like triple jump, ultracharge and leaf sliding. To be honest you can get through the campaign without having to unlock any of them but the triple jump can come in handy.
Co-op mode is a blast, I was able to share some quality time with my daughter where she got to play as an adorable fox and we both explored the woodlands. The only issue I had was when the player’s characters moved further away the camera angle would start flickering.
The charming, intrepid tree stump is back in his biggest adventure yet. The open-world 3D platformer will have you wanting to explore every inch of the map with over 10 hours of gameplay. Woodle Tree 2 is not perfect with frame rate issues and other problems but it is a blast to play, the controls and camera angles have been improved dramatically. The Co-op mode is a fun addition to the game and will make collecting all the berries more entertaining. Woodle is a fun and enjoyable franchise and with an attractive price point, I can see this little character bringing delight to people of all ages.
• Woodle is back bigger and better than ever
• 10+ hours of gameplay, even more for the completionists out there.
• Co-op mode is a fun addition
• plenty of unlockables
• Camera angle issues in co-op mode
• The map can seem too big at times with areas feeling empty
• Frame rate issues and game frequently unexpectedly shutdown
Woodle is back, a fun 3D platformer with a huge open-world map to explore, playing with a friend can be a blast with the addition of co-op mode.