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SpinTrip Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on November 2, 2011


SpinTrip
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PROS

  • Semi-puzzling platforming gameplay; limited resources makes for an interesting experience.
  • Fun, cutesy style; appealing to younger audiences.
  • Interesting special abilities to 'unlock' and use.

CONS

  • Over-use of nonsense words; it feels like I'm playing a game designed for children by UK TV executives.

VERDICT

SpinTrip is a delightful platformer aimed at kids and the young at heart; far from a completely casual experience, it provides some challenge to experienced gamers while still being easy enough for less skilled hands.


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Most platformers are content with assigning players a handful of 'powers', be it through tokens they earn that give them temporary special abilities or by using button combinations to add a level of skill to the gameplay. SpinTrip takes a slightly different approach, breaking down the gameplay in to moving left/right and jumping while only being able to activate one power at a time; the catch is, you need to 'find' the power in question first.

It's an intriguing idea and where most game will limit the ammunition for your weaponry or only provide access to super-powers, SpinTrip parses out everything from being able to jump higher to floating on water, assigning them to creatures that act as a resource for these abilities. This allows the game to be a bit trickier with how it designs levels, restricting access to areas until you have the ability unlocked (such as rock walls needing to be cannon-balled down), but not entirely preventing progress as alternate routes are usually available.

Players are rewarded for exploration by gaining more points at the end of the level, determining whether they end up with 1 or 3 stars, but there's fun to be had in taking the road less traveled as you gain rarer abilities to perform platforming tasks that require a bit more skill.

Overall the game has a fairly low-challenge threshold and when combined with its cutesy designs and sounds that burble and pop like a pre-schooler's educational TV show, it's definitely worth picking up this title if you have younger children in the household that need entertaining.

This isn't to say that SpinTrip isn't a challenge for more hardened gamers, but there's less compelling gameplay to keep them coming back for more.

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