Our preliminary impressions of Disney Phantasm Island have been considerably muted. A colourful 2D platformer impressed by Rayman Legends it is likely to 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 just a little additional we discovered this was a recreation with much more occurring than we ever thought.
Though Disney Phantasm Island might be performed solo, one among its greatest promoting factors is the very 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 might 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 plenty 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 normally fairly apparent the place to move off to. Particularly when utilizing your new talents normally mark out the trail to take.
It’s these talents which finally make the sport value taking part in as nicely. When you’ve gained all of them – and there are a good few – all of a sudden leaping and wall leaping your approach by way of areas turns into massively extra fascinating.
Suddenly what have been fairly A to B areas might be scaled vertically and horizontally, and later sections additionally boast much more fascinating areas and obstacles.
Even the bosses get progressively extra fascinating, 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 might 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, that means everybody can full the sport a technique or one other.
Disney Phantasm Island may not attraction to those that need continuous hardcore platforming thrills, however there’s greater than sufficient problem right here for many who search for it.
- Some nice platforming a number of hours in
- Controls are rock strong
- Lovable presentation
- Takes some time to get going
- Cutscenes are missing