3DS

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Planet Crashers 3D

by Neal Ronaghan - July 26, 2012, 12:23 pm PDT
Total comments: 7

7.5

An RPG first slated as a retail game on the eShop? Go on!

Going into this game, I didn’t know what to expect. Planet Crashers was originally supposed to be released at retail, but was held back to become an eShop title. It’s a dungeon crawling RPG from Renegade Kid, the people who made Mutant Mudds and Dementium. The color palette has more in common with the former than the latter, as Planet Crashers takes place in a jokey, vibrant world where people use bananas and pencils as weapons.

The world, as evidenced by the weaponry, is overly jovial, with bright visuals and a playful sense of humor. The 3D effect in the game is stellar, and stands out alongside the Animal Crossing-like display of the planet. It’s clear this was meant to be a retail game, as there is a higher level of graphical firepower behind this game than your average eShop title.

Players begin by creating a character they then take on an adventure spanning multiple planets to save the universe. To do so, players must complete quests both fun and mundane to build up their character and take them to other planets to complete more quests.

To say Planet Crashers is a slave to the quest system is an understatement. That’s the crux of the game, but it’s not quite a bad thing. There are some weird quirks; for example, you have to take a quest and then accept the quest (a process involving several different menus) to actually do a quest. Still, it’s fun to explore the game’s dungeons, fighting enemies and collecting items.

The turn-based combat system is great, though it can slow down the game at times. You have four skill slots, and over time you build up a reserve of different skills to choose from. These attacks do more damage depending on your timed button presses. The system is somewhat reminiscent of those in the various Mario RPGs, though it is simple in comparison.





On paper, Planet Crashers doesn’t sound too interesting. As I’m writing this, I’m questioning the fun I had. Combat gets repetitive. The main character moves too slowly at times. Fortunately, the game has that MMO-like appeal where you just want to complete one more quest to get some new gear, see a new planet, and make your character stronger.

It also helps that the locales are varied just enough, with new enemies and environments. The first planet is pretty plain and generic, but the second features a Halloween theme and has evil Santa Claus-like enemies. There are four planets in all, and quite a bit of content to go through.

Planet Crashers 3D is a quirky game from start to finish that takes place in a world that might remind you of a twisted, combat-heavy Animal Crossing. The RPG gameplay can be a grind, but if you just like completing quests and traversing dungeons, it’s an eShop game worth diving into.

Summary

Pros
  • Colorful, vibrant world to explore
  • Fun dungeon crawling gameplay
  • Nice graphics
Cons
  • Extremely slow paced
  • Repetitive quest system

Talkback

geoJuly 26, 2012

Is it worth TEN dollars though?  I'd be way more likely to buy it if it were 4.99 or so.  Maybe I'll wait for it to be on a weekend sale.

Fatty_The_HuttJuly 26, 2012

Dang, that's another one I am seriously interested in.
Is it difficult? I had to give up on Mutant Mudds eventually because of difficulty.

How long is it? Are ther good save points? Are the quets nice and bite-sized for mobile play? Is there a suspend feature?

C-OlimarJuly 26, 2012

Quote from: geo

Is it worth TEN dollars though?  I'd be way more likely to buy it if it were 4.99 or so.  Maybe I'll wait for it to be on a weekend sale.

It was supposed to be a $30-40 retail game, so $10 is a steal, and not really very much money. Just because it's on the eShop doesn't mean that it has to be amazingly cheap - NSMB2 will cost $40 on the eShop.

C-OlimarJuly 26, 2012

Just some info for people: the online in this game is absolute bobbins. It's great that they included online, but it really is useless.

That is why I did not even mention it. It might as well not be there at all. all you do is fight people using the so-so combat.

LittleIrvesJuly 27, 2012

Ha. "Bobbins." I like that.

C-OlimarJuly 29, 2012

Quote from: LittleIrves

Ha. "Bobbins." I like that.

It's what my grandmother would say! :P

Quote from: NWR_Neal

That is why I did not even mention it. It might as well not be there at all. all you do is fight people using the so-so combat.

Just thought I would mention it, since it was a deciding factor in my purchase of the game - I probably wouldn't have downloaded it yet if it didn't say it had online on its eShop page. Still, it is hard to put into words just how bad it actually is, so "bobbins" and "might as well not be there" will have to suffice.

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Developer Renegade Kid
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Release Jul 26, 2012
RatingEveryone 10+

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