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Ittle Dew 2+

Posted by GG Goblin On December - 7 - 2017

2D Zelda-a-like with a winged talking fox for a companion.

 
There is something about the Nintendo Switch that just begs for RPGs. The choice of playing on the big screen or small, the decent amount of raw power, the chance to take your adventures with you wherever you go. From Breath of the Wild to I Am Setsuna, playing an RPG on the Switch is just great. And now, Ludosity’s Ittle Dew 2+ further expands the Switch RPG library, and offers a wicked adventure.

 
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Ittle Dew 2+ is a game about a young adventurer called Ittle Dew and her sarcastic flying fox companion Tippsie. The story behind their adventure is great, and begins with the pair floating on their raft. Fairly quickly, the raft breaks and our two heroes find themselves stranded in a strange new land. Their only chance of escape is to visit a selection of dungeons and find the various parts needed to make a new raft. It is suggested at one point that maybe they should just chop down a tree and make a new raft, but that would be silly, wouldn’t it?

 
But that is the overall flavour of the game. The visual style is very cartoonish and packed with so much detail that there is always something new to see. It has a childish innocence that is countered entirely by the sharp humour and dry wit. The game looks great on both the big screen and the Switch’s smaller screen, with everything very defined and easy to make out with bright colours and distinct lines. The humour in the game is a very real reason to play. There is a huge amount of sarcasm thrown around, which is absolutely fine by me, and some of the conversations between characters are legendary. In many ways, with the visual style and the humour, the game reminds me of the more wide ranging cartoons like Adventure Time; the sort of cartoons that could easily appeal to both adults and children. There is nothing here to really put young children off playing Ittle Dew 2+, and equally grown up gamers will have a hoot with the interactions and jokes.

 
When it comes to the gameplay, anyone who has played a 2D Zelda game will know what to expect. Explore a large map, find dungeons and then solve puzzles or fight monsters to get the treasure. Ittle Dew has hearts to represent life, and finding boxes of crayons will gift the player with an extra piece of heart to increase their overall health.

 
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Ittle Dew is armed primarily with a stick. This stick works the same way as a sword would in most other similar games, with a press of the button swinging the stick to drive back and defeat the various monsters in the game. The combat works well, although I would say that the precision feels a little off at times. I think this is largely to do with how fast the movement and actions are in the game, which also more than once led to falling off platforms. But it is nothing that the player can’t get used to, given a bit of time. As is often the case with games like this, Ittle will come across other items in the game that can be used as weapons, but as far as combat is involved, the humble stick can do it all.

 
Exploration is the main focus of the game, with players given the freedom to approach the majority of the main dungeons in any order they wish. Inside the dungeons, players will move from room to room, solving puzzles or fighting off monsters to progress to the next,until they find whatever the dungeon has to offer. That freedom is quite exciting, especially given that there is so much more to find in the game world. Most of these hidden extras consist of maps that reveal little mini dungeons on the map. The cave dungeons offer yet more puzzles that reward the player with things like extra hearts or items that they wouldn’t get in the normal run through, making the game that little bit easier. The mini dungeons are basically the equivalent of grinding for experience, before taking on whatever the next main dungeon throws at you.

 
The puzzles themselves are brilliant, ranging from quite straight forward to puzzles that push the boundaries of the games’ simple mechanics. The puzzles are also quite varied, so things never get old. The “+” in the title refers to a selection of new dungeons that have been added to the game, packed full of more fiendish puzzles, extending the game beyond the simple quest to build a raft.

 
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Ittle Dew 2+ is a great take on the 2D Zelda formula, packed with interesting puzzles and wicked humour. The combat may let the game down a little, but there really isn’t anything to complain about here. If you enjoy the 2D style action RPGs, perhaps with a lighter then usual tone, and are looking for the next one to sink hours into on the Switch, Ittle Dew 2+ is the one you are looking for.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

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