Saturday, 8 August 2015

Badland GOTY (Xbox One) - Review

Badland Game of the Year Edition is available now on the Xbox One and is priced at £9.99.

I wasn't sure what to expect when opening Badland, having never really heard of it before *hangs head in shame*. I don't think I was expecting it to be what it is though. 

Badland, there are no two ways about it, plays like Flappy Bird and games of that ilk. You press 'A' to go up and have to manoeuvre yourself through a landscape filled with nasty things that will slice you and dice you. Whilst the similarities between the two are obvious that's where they end. Badlands is a beautifully imagined game, filled with gorgeous but still simple graphics. 

You control a little black ball of fluff as you make way through the game, collecting various things along the way that will help you get further. Sometimes they'll shrink you, or make you large again, but my favourite was the cloning one that gave you numerous balls to get through the gauntlet. Unfortunately most of the time, these clones are basically cannon fodder, but there you go. 

Badland was initially a mobile game, so to see this move so well to the Xbox One is pretty surprising. Yes sometimes the controls aren't as responsive as I would like, but for the most part this you would be forgiven for forgetting this games humble roots. I don't think it has much in the way of replayability but it does have 100 stages for you to work your way through(!) AND a multiplayer mode featuring 27 stages for up to four players to race through. I'd liken it to Ori and the Blind Forest in terms of its visuals, and really that is some of the highest praise I change a game because Ori is stunning. I feel like Badland gives enough content to warrant the price, and, more importantly, is good enough too. Go try it!

7/10 TRY IT!
A code was provided for the purpose of this review.

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