LifeisXbox’s Stitchy in Tooki Trouble review | Here we are again with a new Belgian game. Stitchy in Tooki Trouble is a 2.5D platformer by Polygoat that is releasing tomorrow. In this cute little game you play as Stitchy, a scarecrow whose field has been looted by the evil Tooki, a tribe of strange wooden creatures with an inexplicable fascination for corn. Inspired by games such as Donkey Kong, Stitchy in Tooki Trouble appears to be a fun and bright game. But not all is what it seems… or is it?
We played Stitchy in Tooki Trouble for 4 hours on the Nintendo Switch. This game is only available on the Switch.
What we liked!
- Gameplay | The gameplay in Stitchy in Tooki Trouble is very enjoyable. You don’t need to learn a lot of controls, as is the case with most platformers, so you get familiar with the game quite fast. You move forward, and you perform jumps or double jumps to get to higher ground or kill enemies. There are even some levels where Stitchy is in a minecart. I didn’t really care that much for these, but I guess they are a nice shift from always running around with Stitchy. Levels aren’t very long, so if you want to play one level, or a whole world, it doesn’t matter, just pick up your Switch for however long you want to. In the middle of every level, you’ll find a checkpoint, so if you die after crossing this, you’ll just respawn there. Don’t worry too much about running out of lives though. Even if you do run out, you can still choose to continue.
- Totems | Every level has three parts of a totem hidden. Usually you can spot them fairly easy (and you don’t really have to go out of your way to get them), so gathering all of them shouldn’t be too difficult. Not to worry if you don’t spot them all though, you can still finish a level without collecting them all. And no worries either if you die and have to start your run over: if you gathered 2 totems in the first run, and you try again, you just need to get the last one since the progress is saved!
- Worlds | There are a total of three worlds. Each of these has its own theme, but all have the same amount of levels: 9 basic ones, one boss battle, and one secret level. There’s linear gameplay where you start with world 1, level 1 and you continue to world 1, level 2, etc. The tenth level is the boss level, and these heavily depend on thinking strategically. If you want to unlock that extra level, you have gather all totem parts scared around the levels. This means getting 27 totem parts in every world. Once you get 27/27, you unlock the secret level of the world. Now, all worlds kind of use the same mechanisms: floors falling from under your feet (whether it’s snow or pieces of wood), Tooki walking around (together with other world specific opponents), enemies jumping up from the water or lava, etc. I did experience every world getting a little more difficult, so that was nice as well. If you compare world 1 to world 3, the first one is a quite easy-peasy!
- Graphics | The art style and level design is very colorful and playful. I love how every world has a different theme. The first world looks like an octopus, but you’re actually running around in a jungle-like environment. The second world is a container ship surrounded by ice. That damn ice! The third and final world is some sort of theater but you actually walk through the mechanism creating popcorn. I liked this, since you gather corn throughout the entire game and then you end up with POPCORN! Such a subtle, yet fantastic move.
- For everyone | Stitchy in Tooki Trouble really is a game that will speak to the majority of players. First of all, both adults and children can enjoy this game. The difficulty isn’t that high, even though there are some more challenging levels, so children can definitely take a swing at it as well. The mid level saving point, indicated by flags, also helps for kids, I’m sure! Now, for ‘gamer types’: both speedrunners and completionists will have a blast with Stitchy in Tooki Trouble. In every level, you an earn 0 to 3 stars, depending on how fast you finish said level. For those who want to reach 100% in the game, there are the totems. Collect them all, and you get that perfect score!
- Sound design | If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t pay that much attention to the soundtrack itself because I was too focused on the gameplay! That being said, the sounds in Stitchy in Tooki Trouble are well implemented. There’s an encouraging soundtrack playing in the background, and all sound effects are in place.
- A bit slow | During the whole experience, I felt like Stitchy was a bit stiff and rigid. I like fast-paced gameplay and he was a tad to slow to my taste. I did chat with BloodyGoodReviews, who you might know from posting the occasional review on our website, and he did point out that Stitchy is made out of straw so you know, our little guy doesn’t really have that going for him. And it would definitely explain his movement.
What we disliked
- Nothing | I didn’t encounter any bugs, or anything that made this game truly less interesting!
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