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TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchMar 9, 2018

Publisher: DigiPen Game Stu

TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom is a platform puzzle game that introduces Bebo, Deephi, Slimmie, Smarts, Willis and Sparky the Turtle. Master new gameplay with multi-character control and turtle-linking, environment manipulation, item deployment and match-3 mechanics that make challenges even more fresh, intense and fun! They are aided by The Genie, who is an airborne support turtle that you can use to manipulate the game world and enhance the abilities of the turtles! In Campaign mode, free the turtles from a menagerie of over 100 stages across seven game worlds in single or two-player co-op modes. Along your journey, hunt for Sun-Coins, Moon-Pearls, secret treasure and hidden turtles. Earn Treasure Chests to discover and level-up over 15 types of Building Cards and more than 40 special items to enhance your powers and abilities! Battle and play with friends in local multiplayer with 1-4 players in versus or co-op modes. Arena Battle Crown Thief and Arena Battle Lick’em Up modes pit players against one another in a classic Arena Battle tournament format where the aim is to wear the crown the longest or lick, colour and free the most turtles to achieve victory. In Turtle Clash mode, battle your friends in split screen on over 75 stages that can be unlocked in Campaign mode.

TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom Reviews

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TurtlePop: Journey To Freedom is an interesting first exclusive Switch offering from Zengami, but it's sadly lacking focus. While its myriad genres aren't pulled off poorly, their amalgamation might just prove to be slightly too overwhelming for the targeted younger audience. The main reptile protagonists Bebo, Deephi, Slimmie, Smarts, Willis and Sparky sum up the game's overall feeling: jacks-of-all-trades yet masters of none. There are several superior individual options of all the genres represented in this game already out in Switch's library, but if do decide to take a plunge into this adventure, make sure you take someone along for the ride.

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Despite all its exterior polish, TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom is a bit of a mess. It's trying to pull elements from multiple different genres, but it does it in a chaotic way that leaves the player little time to process what's happening on-screen. It's a constant battle with the controls to switch between the various turtles you need to control, and to also manage the genie, all while various on-screen hazards endanger the player's shot at a perfect score. The co-op mode slightly alleviates some of these issues, but it doesn't do enough to fix the fundamental issues with this quirky puzzle-platformer.

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A good game exists in the overburdened chaos that is TurtlePop, but as it stands, this is all far too convoluted to be something worth sinking a lot of time into. Charm can only go so far when strangled by numerous and conflicting ideas.

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There are parts of TurtlePop: Journey to Freedom that can be delightful. The game looks fine, and the idea of mixing some of these genres together sounds good on paper. The execution, however, is flawed, with some of the genre combinations just not working well with one another. It might be fine for older players, but with a look and premise that seems catered to younger players, the final result ends up being more frustrating than fun. It isn't terrible, but players can do better than this for the time being.

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