You are a playful kangaroo. You are kidnapped from your home in the wild from some poachers. You happen to be a smart little kangaroo, so you break free from captivity, but somehow fall from the airplane you were being transported in. With nowhere to hide, all you can do is run… Or should I say, hop. Can you ever make your way back home, or will the evil humans catch you? Only one way to find out. -Greg Boe (admin)
Crazy Kangaroo is our second review on a Nintendo eShop game from Gamelion, and it happens to have very similar controls. Much like with SpeedX 3D, you can play with motion controls of the Circle Pad. With motion controls, you utilize the system’s built-in motion sensor to control Barney the Kangaroo by tilting your 3DS horizontally to change direction and vertically to speed up or slow down. It’s practically the same with the Circle Pad, but the people I showed this game agreed with me that while the motion controls may be cool to have, the Circle Pad is better if you actually want to win the game’s levels.
In Crazy Kangaroo, you visit three different locations: Jungle, Swamps, and City. These locations are quite generic, and don’t have as much character as some other worlds in eShop titles, but the game’ simplicity makes it pretty awesome if you ask me.
There are two modes in the game, and both play the same. In Stages mode, you’ll be hopping through a series of levels that require you to stay alive until the end. Oh yeah, and did I mention that there’s an Endless mode? I’ve already expressed my mixed feelings about any game with an endless mode, but here’s my problem with it. Sure, you’ve got a game that never ends, but after about 5 minutes of similar sights and recycled objects, you’ll want to kick a puppy, or maybe even a kangaroo (just kidding, animals are awesome). As with most endless modes the objective in this one is to see how far you can make it with only one life. I only made it for 90 seconds, so if you are buying the game, let me know how much farther you can get playing endless mode in the comments!
Most of you are reading this review to help you decide whether or not you are going to buy this game, and that’s what Nintendo Charged is here for. If you want an app-style experience, and love games like Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja on iOS, this game will be right up your alley. The stereoscopic 3D adds some incredible depth to such a cartoon-ish game, the motion controls are sweet, and it’s addicting enough to play time and time again. Just don’t expect to be drawn into the game for more than 5 minutes at a time. Even though we enjoyed the game, it’s hard to recommend a game that only appeals to a specific audience of gamers. If you have kids, I’m pretty sure they’ll love it, though. This game is made for playing in small chunks, and that’s the best way to play it if you want to enjoy it longer. For only $3.99 Crazy Kangaroo is an overall enjoyable experience. Check it out on the 3DS eShop today!