Title: Perils of Baking: Refrosted
Developer: Lillymo Games Inc
Publisher: Lillymo Games Inc
Platform: Playstation 4, PS Vita
Release Date: 09/11/2018
Price: £6.49 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this title
What the developers say
Perils of Baking is a 2D platforming love letter to its retro inspirations. You play as the younger of two brothers, famous for their baking. It’s up to you to stop your brother’s evil plans as he has given in to a dark artifact.
Over the 40 main levels in the game you will master driving a minecart, flying a balloon, swimming, baking, reversed gravity and more.
True Bakers will discover all the bonus rooms and beat the levels in Secret Land.
Perils of Baking: Refrosted gave me an excuse to dust off the Vita and bring gaming back into my commute. The game is about the story of two brothers who had huge success together baking. As their success grew, they became distant until one brother gave in to an evil artefact. It gave him the power to bring to life his baking creations! Now only the good brother can stop him.
Look & sounds
Considering this is a £6 side-scrolling Vita game it looks pretty good. The levels are neat and tidy, enemies are clear and well designed, and the world map is easy to use. We are not talking HD output here, but it all works. You can see where you are going and where enemies are.
There is a pretty basic background tune that plays through each of the levels. There are familiar sound effects for jumping, collecting cookies and jumping on enemies. You start not to notice the sounds after a while as they are just there and aren’t anything too special.
Gameplay and Replayability
The game sticks to the simple side-scrolling genre of moving forward and jumping at the right time. You make your way through each level collecting cookies and jumping on enemies. Popcorn machines act as checkpoints, and certain levels have hidden secrets to find, whether that be a secret room or a warp portal to a special level.
There are a few variations of level design as you progress through the 40 odd levels, but the premise remains to collect cookies and avoid the enemies. Your average level where you will spend most of your time timing jumps correctly to collect cookies and squashing enemies. There are underwater levels that cover the level in water and have you pressing X to float around. Random balloon levels where you hold on to a single red balloon and you fly through the level. Minecart levels where you find yourself on tracks and just needing to time jumps correctly. Finally, every ten levels see you take on your brother in a boss battle.
Despite the change in level look, it does feel like you are doing the same thing over and over. Most levels have you the same enemies with no real variation as you progress. There are plenty of levels with hidden rooms or warps in them that you can go back and find for replayability, but I am not sure you will want to after completing 40 levels of cookie collecting.
Perils of Baking: Refrosted is an OK game that you can pick up and play through on the Vita, but there are so many good games out there that I don’t think it will keep your attention too long. Gameplay is easy, and the levels look good enough to draw you in, but by level 15 you may start to wonder why you are still playing.
Rapid Reviews UK Rating
You can purchase Perils of Baking: Refrosted on the PlayStation Store on the following link, https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP5011-CUSA13000_00-PERILSBAKING1CRB