Polyroll does not redefine the 2D platforming genre but there's nothing wrong with this simple game with clear inspirations in some of the genre's classics. While its gameplay doesn't always feel right and the adventure is rather short-lived, Polyroll is sold at a friendly price and features a decent amount of creative, challenging bosses. In the end, it's not a groundbreaking game but big fans of retro-style indie platformers have something to enjoy in Polyroll.
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Polyroll is a simple adventure that accurately reflects the price you pay for the game. To the title's credit, all things are in good, working order, and I have no complaints about the controls or the game's performance. Polyroll is, by and large, a spiritual sibling to the side-scrolling Sonic games we already know and love. If you're looking for a Sonic experience, Polyroll will handily deliver that in a small, simple, and cost-effective package. Otherwise, this one doesn't do much to stand out in a heavily saturated genre.
While a touch slower-paced than many of the Sonic the Hedgehog titles, Polyroll takes its time to let players warm up to it. With 36 levels and unique boss encounters, it is a fairly expansive experience. While it isn't a killer app, for $9.99 USD, this bug might just scratch an itch for some old school platforming.
With the immense amounts of 2D platformers on the market right now, it's no wonder that Polyroll couldn't live up to what came before it. Even with this, however, this is simply and utterly unremarkable, with a slow and unpleasant controlling character, problematic level design, and an unpolished feel that makes this title one that shouldn't be given the time of day.
When it comes to Sonic-inspired indies, Polyroll is a solid 2D platformer but it simply doesn't fill the iconic hedgehog's oversized sneakers.