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Review: Stitchy in Tooki Trouble

Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch

Publisher: Polygoat

Developer: Polygoat

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Review by: Jonny Hunter (@j0nnyhunter)

Stitchy in Tooki Trouble is a charming and vibrant new 2d platformer from the devs Polygoat over in Belgium. Presented here is a game that's ideal for younger players who are looking to try a short and simple entry in the genre, but for older fans looking for a challenge or a game that brings any new ideas to the table, they're best off looking for other platformers on the Eshop.

Throughout the adventure you'll be playing as Stitchy, an adorable looking scarecrow who must fight against a tribe of odd looking creatures made of wood. The game hosts crisp colourful graphics that truly stand out on the Switch handheld screen and comes with a pleasant, but unmemorable soundtrack. It's a technically accomplished game which plays smoothly and provides a basic good-time playing experience, but it's a game which never elevates itself, and what you're left with are levels that are quite blandly designed, repetitive and well, a little bit dull to play through. It's an inoffensive game that's not doing anything particularly wrong, but at times it feels like you're playing a game that has had no input or effort from the imagination department.

Across the whole game you'll be jumping your way through 3 different worlds that stick to the usual themes you can expect from a game like this, jungle, ice and fire. Each world is broken down into 9 levels, a boss fight and a bonus level which can only be unlocked by finding every collectible on each level (a task which doesn't come with any challenge). Unfortunately when it comes to the bonus levels, they don't offer anything wildly different or exciting compared to what you've played reaching that point, and they certainly aren't worth the effort to unlock.

Whilst all this may sound quite harsh, the game does have a few standout moments where new ideas are finally introduced, such as a neat little level where platforms are transformed into dinghies up against a giant ship, or the way the final boss of a world will make themselves known by trying to cause chaos in the preceding level before the big fight.

The one main criticism I have with Stitchy is its complete lack of new ideas. Everything you encounter across the 33 levels will be ideas you've played in many other 2d platformers, in particular the Donkey Kong Country games. I don't think it's the biggest crime in the world to pay homage to a well-loved franchise from the 90s, but at least bring your own original spin to a mine cart race or barrel blast level, instead of simply copying direct from the source.

It took me just under three hours to grab all the collectibles, beat every level and wipe the smirk from the final boss's face. I will say that this was the easiest 2d platformer I've ever played, with only one of the levels providing me with enough frustration to make me see the game over screen. On that particular notion, it makes it seem as though the game is definitely aimed at a younger audience rather than myself, and if that's the case I would recommend Stitchy, but if you're someone who's quite familiar with these type of games, you may want to look elsewhere for any sort of challenge. There is some small re-playability in the form of time trials for each level, but I'd be truthfully surprised if you found yourself wanting to achieve three stars on those.

As a whole package, Stitchy wasn't the worst game I've ever played, but it was also unfortunately one of the blandest in terms of level design, and the lack of any original ideas whatsoever hurts it. If you're looking for a 2d platformer to remind you of the good games from yesteryear, I would heartily recommend Kaze and the Wild Masks or Yookee-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Apart from a few stand-out levels, Stitchy is too plainly designed to put up a small chance of shining over those.


(Images courtesy of Polygoat)