Our preliminary impressions of Disney Phantasm Island had been considerably muted. A colourful 2D platformer impressed by Rayman Legends it may be, but it nonetheless struggled to make an honest first impression.
With stilted cutscenes and primary adventuring – suppose my first Metroidvania – it actually didn’t seize us as we hoped. However then after progressing a bit additional we discovered this was a recreation with much more happening than we ever thought.
Though Disney Phantasm Island could be performed solo, considered one of its greatest promoting factors is the actual fact you may play with as much as 4 others. The areas don’t require you to make use of the characters collectively, however there are a number of challenges which can be simpler to finish with somebody serving to. Whether or not that’s activating sure switches or grabbing a number of keys.
As you’d count on from a Metroidvania although, there’s loads of backtracking and exploring an ever increasing map.
Development may be very straightforward due to the map which tells you precisely the place to go, though the sport is so nicely designed it’s often fairly apparent the place to go off to. Particularly when utilizing your new skills often mark out the trail to take.
It’s these skills which finally make the sport price taking part in as nicely. When you’ve gained all of them – and there are a good few – abruptly leaping and wall leaping your approach by way of areas turns into massively extra attention-grabbing.
Abruptly what had been fairly A to B areas could be scaled vertically and horizontally, and later sections additionally boast much more attention-grabbing areas and obstacles.
Even the bosses get progressively extra attention-grabbing, requiring particular ways to defeat. They’re a welcome break of tempo.
The sport is finally very nicely paced although, and even the early slower sections could be attributed to creating the sport work for youthful gamers. Every participant may also choose how a lot of a well being bar they’ve, which means everybody can full the sport a method or one other.
Disney Phantasm Island won’t enchantment to those that need continuous hardcore platforming thrills, however there’s greater than sufficient problem right here for individuals who search for it.
- Some nice platforming just a few hours in
- Controls are rock stable
- Lovable presentation
- Takes some time to get going
- Cutscenes are missing