Title: Super Wiloo Demake
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Genre: Arcade, platformer, adventure, casual
Age Rating: PEGI 3
Release Date: 31/07/19
Price: £3.99 – Rapid Reviews was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
Super Wiloo Demake is a very simple 8-bit platformer from Ratalaika Games which follows the journey of Wiloo and Agatha on their quest to rescue their dog from the clutches of the evil Dr ETvaldo.
The game starts off with an intro cutscene of Wiloo and Agatha playing with their dog and the evil Dr ETvaldo watching from his spaceship. Dr ETvaldo then decides that animals seem to make people on earth happy, so he kidnaps the dog for himself to see if the dog will have the same effect on him. Once the cutscene is over you begin your quest to collect coins, kill invading aliens and more importantly get your dog back!
The vibrant and colourful 8-bit aesthetic of the game is very reminiscent of the NES era and the games I grew up playing, which along with its pleasantly charming retro styled soundtrack make for a mostly enjoyable experience even if it doesn’t quite live up to some of the more polished platformers out there.
Super Wiloo Demake consists of 5 worlds with each one having 10 levels 9 of which are platforming based and the last one being a boss battle. It took me around 2 hours to run through the 50 levels on the normal difficulty setting and get the Platinum trophy in the process. What started as a pleasant and enjoyable platforming experience, soon grew repetitive due to the fact that after the initial level there isn’t enough variety in the level designs between the different worlds. The only thing that kept me going through the game was the boss fights and the different costumes which give you various abilities. There are 4 costumes in total which are the armadillo, turtle, unicorn and bumblebee.
Both the Armadillo and Turtle are purely cosmetic, the Unicorn allows you to throw your horn to take down enemies and the Bumblebee, which is by far the most useful, allows you to fly, avoiding all the enemies and even the coins. My favourite thing about this game was easily the boss battles. While not very challenging, these battles were definitely a nice change of pace and the character designs look great, especially the Lotso Hugging Bear lookalike. I played through the game on the normal difficulty and then played a dozen levels on Hard including one of the bosses and I noticed no difference in difficulty which unfortunately does nothing for the replayability.
Super Wiloo Demake, while enjoyable does nothing to reinvent the genre and with so many other great 2D Platformers out there at the moment it’s difficult to recommend. I will say that if you like trophy hunting and are looking for an easy platinum trophy or your looking for a cheap game to scratch your platforming itch at £3.99 you will struggle to find a better deal.
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You can purchase Super Wiloo Demake from the PlayStation Store on the following link, https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP0896-CUSA16350_00-BUNDLESUPERWILOO?emcid=pa-st-165932
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