The Legendary Starfy is a relatively basic platformer, albiet a little easier than the likes of Mario or Rayman, as apparently it's intended for a slightly younger audince. In addition, much of the gameplay takes place under water, which is generally a source of much frustration in other platformers. Gameplay is relatively straightforward, however, with Starfy using his star powers to glide effortlessly through the water and companion Bunston occassionally lending costumes that serve as power-ups.
While Starfy's cuteness hooked me from the start, the rest of the game has been a bit of a mixed bag. I don't play many platformers and as such don't think I can really articulate what I think makes some better over others, but something about Starfy's level design leaves much to be desired. Simply playing through them becomes a bit of a chore, especially since it's all quite easy and the game makes it extremely clear where it wants you to go and how you should go about getting there. The kind of fun and excitement I had playing through Rayman Origins is, unfortunately, not to be found here.
|Almost everything can be forgiven in a game this adorable.|
That's not to say Starfy is horrible and that it shouldn't be experienced, but I don't think its charm lies in what traditionally makes platformers fun to play. So far, my favorite aspects of Starfy have actually been in the game's characters and dialogue! We'll see if that's what gets me through the game, or if the gameplay actually gets better later on...
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