Previously planned for retail release, “Planet Crashers” is the latest Nintendo 3DS eShop release from Renegade Kid, developer of previous eShop hits “Mutant Mudds” and “Bomb Monkey”.
Looking to fill the digital void of RPG releases on the eShop, “Planet Crashers” isn’t your typical RPG in the traditional sense, however, for those looking for a light-hearted RPG, you’ll find its unconventional adventure in a zany world to be quite appealing and plenty entertaining.
You begin the game by creating your hero, whom you’ll take on an intergalactic adventure which spans four unique planets in your quest to save the universe from certain destruction.
In order to save the universe, you’ll need to take on various quests, like finding missing objects, defeating an array of monsters and enemy types, and then advance to new planets where you’ll take on additional quests.
Since advancement in “Planet Crashers” is reliant on its quest system, some may find the game’s pacing to be a bit on the slow side. The need to navigate through several menus to find a quest, to then select a quest, and then finally accept the quest can be bothersome as it slows things down.
In addition to the tedious menu surfing to accept quests, you unfortunately may only take on one quest at a time – even if multiple quests/goals take place in the same dungeon. Nevertheless, once the quests begin you’ll find yourself enjoying the game as you explore expansive dungeons and battle enemies.
Much like an MMO, “Planet Crashers’” primary charm is how it captivates you to keep playing and lures you to complete one more quest or get a new weapon for your character.
Due to this, most of the fun is found in exploring dungeons, fighting enemies, or collecting random items – like a pencil or peeled banana which can be used as your main weapon.
Renegade Kid uses a fun turn-based combat system in “Planet Crashers”, although it is a little slow and battles can drag, at least initially. While in battle you can select from four skills and if you time your attack correctly by pressing the A button when a prompt appears you may receive a power boost. You may find that it is similar to the combat system found in “Paper Mario” titles.
In likeable fashion, “Planet Crashers” has an artistic look similar to “Animal Crossing” with bright and eccentric worlds as each planet has its own theme, for example one has a Halloween theme. This sense of personality helps make the game more enjoyable as each planet feels like a new experience. The spherical worlds also work nicely with the 3D effect which is quite pleasant in this title.
“Planet Crashers” is an interesting Nintendo 3DS eShop release. While it is packed with content and dungeons to explore, the game will appeal to those looking for a casual RPG and is ideal for those that enjoy completing a large number of quests and exploring dungeons.
Overall: 7.0 / 10
(Editor’s Note: A code was provided by Nintendo for review purpose. The title was completed for review. “Planet Crashers” is currently available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $9.99. )