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The Wood Lands are in danger and it is up to the adorable Woodle to save it! In this 3D platformer, Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe has you freely exploring an open sandbox world that contains eight separately-themed areas and restoring the Water Tears. With great 3D platformers being a dime a dozen, it begs to question which category Woodle Tree 2 falls under.

Good

  • Smooth controls and platforming
  • Wide open spaces that makes it easy for camera movement
  • Freedom of exploration
  • Gameplay that’s easy to digest
  • Woodle’s leaf makes for a lot of unique abilities
  • Subtle HD Rumble effects that lets the player know when they’re close to a Water Tear
  • Quick fast travel to previously discovered checkpoints from the pause menu
  • No load times as each area is made up of one open world
  • Colourful environments and charming character personalities.

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Bad

  • Occassional frame rate dips
  • Lacks complexity in gameplay, plot and depth
  • Hit detection with enemies feels empty and inaccurate
  • Can’t feel HD Rumble effects on Switch Lite or non rumble controller, meaning that you won’t have the clues that let you know if you’re close to a Water Tear
  • Had the odd moment or two where I glitched and fell through a platform
  • Co-op was awkward as only player one can control the camera; no split screen option
  • Frame rate dips in co-op mode and the game crashed within five minutes
  • Rare baron areas that seem incomplete.

Final Score: 65%

With its colourful aesthetics and charming personality, Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe is a delightful adventure to embark on. However, the game certainly could have used a few more months in the oven to smoothen out its frame rate issues and add more depth and variety to the world. The game is a fun 3D platformer on a budget, but it pales in comparison to the Super Mario and Ratchet and Clank greats of the genre.

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Posted by Alex Harding

Lover of chocolate and admirer of video games, Alex is the chief writer/editor of Switchaboo.