A Surprisingly Competent 3D Collect-a-Thon Platformer
Avaliado nos Estados Unidos em 25 de setembro de 2020
Gigantosaurus The Game is a licensed 3D platformer based on the Disney Junior show Gigantosaurus. I am not personally particularly familiar with the show, but I've seen my kids watching it enough in the background to get a basic idea. While licensed games, especially licensed games based on children's shows, are often terrible, Gigantosaurus stands out as decidedly good, albeit not great.
Gigantosaurus features four playable characters, the four main characters from the show. Unlike other games with multiple characters, they all play the same aside from each of them having a unique move which can be performed in limited, context-specific circumstances. A single player can switch between them on the fly, but if you die, you wind up back at the start of a level.
Each of the game's worlds is an open, sandbox-style design. It's a 3D platformer in the vein of something like Super Mario 64 or Banjo-Kazooie. There are several objects to collect in each level. To advance to the next level, you need to collect four eggs out of the ten available in the level. This is never challenging, but it can be frustrating because eggs must be collected one at a time and carried back to the starting point of the level. After you collect enough eggs to move on, you can opt to 100% the level's collectibles or proceed to the next stage. To go between stages, the characters ride go-karts in a Mario Kart-style mini-game which functions pretty well.
If you go for all of the collectibles, you'll find that some are harder to get. You often have to navigate to it from a point that's further away from where you'd expect it to be, so this creates a miniature platforming challenge where you typically have to navigate a series of jumps or platforms to get to the collectible. The controls can be a little loose at times, but in general, they work pretty well.
Each of the levels is the same set-up. Some of them are a little annoying. The second level, for instance, features an elevated section and a ground-level area which serves as your starting point. You have to climb to the top half of the level repeatedly for the eggs, and it gets repetitive after a few runs.
There is four-player co-op, with four players sharing the same screen. This can speed things up a little if you have four people playing together who know what they're doing, and it's great for playing with younger kids who may not be able to complete the basic objectives without some help from a parent.
We encountered a few weird glitches throughout our playthrough. One of the types of collectibles is walnuts. In the very first level, the map shows 17 out of 20 walnuts. The remaining three are supposed to be located in an underground cave that unlocks after you collect all 10 eggs. We went through that cave dozens of times, thinking the walnuts were really well-hidden. Eventually, we tried reloading the stage from the main menu and they appeared in the cave in plain sight. There were other glitches here and there, though nothing game-breaking.
The PS4 version of the game looks decent. The colors are a little washed out, and it lacks the life that the show appears to have. Some of the textures are more reminiscent of a PS2-era game. They're inoffensive, if bland. The environments are somewhat varied, and one neat element is that during the kart racing sections, there are lighting changes that look nice.
The soundtrack is appropriate, if dull. The tracks aren't memorable, but they're not grating either. I know for sure that the leads talk in the TV show, but in the game, there's a narrator who provides the story (all of which rhymes) and the characters themselves don't have any voiced dialogue aside from grunts.
THE PLATINUM DIFFERENCE
This is a decent first platinum trophy for a young kid to achieve. It's relatively easy to do--you just have to collect everything, and most of the collectibles are on the map. The handful that aren't are in the secret areas or can be achieved by throwing balls into a nearby basketball hoop in some levels. There aren't any difficulty-related trophies (there aren't any difficulty levels to select), and the game is straightforward enough. A reasonably experienced player can get the platinum in 6-8 hours, but beware of glitches. We probably took 10 hours because of wasting a lot of time looking for items that had glitched.
This game was on my radar because of my kids' interest in the show and because YouTube videos showed that it was a platformer rather than a minigame collection as is often the case with licensed games like this. I'd say I was pleasantly surprised by it. While it apes the Mario formula, it's noteworthy that this is NOT a Super Mario 3D platformer-caliber game. It's very basic. If you're looking for a Mario-style game for PS4 for slightly older kids, go with Spyro Remastered Trilogy, Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, A Hat in Time, or Yooka-Laylee. This is for the preschool set. That said, it's very good given that it was probably created on a tighter budget and designed for a narrow demographic. If you have kids who like the show and you're wondering whether this game is a waste of money, I'd say that it's actually surprisingly good for what it is and your kids will probably like it quite a bit. If you're shopping for someone who isn't a fan of the show and/or is a little older, go with one of the games I listed above instead.
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