- Classic platformer fun
- Smooth controls
- Sense of humor
- Ability to miss content and not get it without restarting level
- Pretty simple gameplay
- Fixed camera
Raccoo Venture Review
Raccoo Venture is a new platforming game developed by 90’s platformer enthusiast Diego Ras. Designed with classic platformers in mind, Raccoo Venture is teeming with nostalgic vibes akin to Banjo Kazooie, Super Mario 64, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Raccoo Venture is releasing on the Steam store on 12/11/2019 for $12.99. One thing to note is that the game is releasing as early access, so more features will likely be added in the future. You can check out the website for the game here.
Raccoo Venture hits you with the nostalgic feels right from the get-go. The cartoony characters with their silly designs and their quirky movement feel right out of a 90’s platformer. The character designs, in my opinion, are absolutely fantastic. The main character looks ideally suited for the game as well; all the characters in the game fit right in. From shifty gambling-addicted birds to haggard old pidgeons, everything just feels like it has the comedic platformer feel. Overall the styling choices work exceptionally well for the game, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Following suit with the 90’s platformer theme, gameplay takes heavy influence from old school platformers. Taking inspiration from Mario, the game uses the classic noggin bump as the primary form of combat. Simple enemies will be dispatched by pouncing on their heads, while more difficult monsters will require you to neutralize them before doing so. This entails tossing objects at them found in the overworld to stun and or immobilize them. While we would have loved to have a fully fleshed out combat system with move sets and unlockables, it didn’t hold back the game and felt suited to the game as is.
The shining aspect of this and all platformers is the level design. Raccoo Venture did not disappoint in this area. Each level is relatively short and can be completed without many difficulties. That is until you start really digging into each level. Each level has 4 collectible chess tiles and 2 collectible chess pieces.
On top of that, there are also hidden cosmetic outfits hidden, which we absolutely loved. I didn’t pay much attention to hunting out the pieces until I realized later that you need a certain amount to progress. So I started revisiting the previous levels and started finding out how much content I had missed.
Each level brings a new type of game mechanic. One level you’ll be swimming, the next using tools to find invisible platforms, the next jumping over moving walls. It kept each leveling feeling fresh and exciting. One thing we did not like about the level design was that you could accidentally miss some collectibles. Restarting the level was the only way to get these missed collectibles. It didn’t happen often. Still, there were a few instances where because we didn’t do something in the right order, we were unable to backtrack and finish hunting for the collectibles. The puzzles are cleverly designed, and I never got that feeling of artificial difficulty that some platformers add via hidden areas or impossible to find objects.
Controls in Raccoo Venture are reasonably intuitive and straightforward. With only a few controls to memorize, learning the ropes was relatively quick and easy. Our only gripe with game controls is there was no way to rotate the camera. While we can understand why there is not a full 360 camera movement, merely being able to pan in each direction would be nice. There were a few hidden collectibles we were having trouble finding and only managed to find them because we got a glimpse of them during camera transition.
Raccoo Venture is the near-perfect ode to classic platformers. Full of eccentric characters, exciting levels, upbeat soundtrack, it ticks all the boxes for what a retro-inspired platformer should have. While there were a few downsides, mainly combat simplicity and lack of camera controls, overall, we think Diego did a fantastic job. Especially considering he is a one-man team developing the game. We would definitely recommend picking up this title if you are into platformers. For only $12.99, it’s an excellent buy.
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