So late last week, we reviewed Panda Punch, a game built on an innovative concept, but one that failed to deliver like we were hoping it would. But now we have Go! Go! Pogogirl, a game with a much easier idea, but executed just about the right way – and for cheap, too!
Granted, that doesn’t mean it revolutionizes the same way that, say, Sonic Mania did. It does have its hang-ups, particularly with boss design and getting used to the controls. But it has far greater reach than expected – and more importantly, it’s fun.
In the game, you portray Pogogirl, a hero that prefers to get around while bouncing around on a pogo stick. No, you can’t get off of it, which means you have to adjust to certain platforming skills by bouncing around. You’re capable of performing extra moves, however, including a neat little stomp, a mid-air spin (perfect for reaching higher platforms or popping balloons that hold extra gems, which you collect) and a charge-up boost jump.
These all come in handy as you try to perfect each level, collecting everything you can while bopping enemies on the head. It’s pretty simple – and not entirely original when it comes to design. Still, it does what it needs to, and comes across as fun with a hint of strategy.
That said, I would’ve preferred a little more innovation when it came to bosses. Most of them just roll through the motions, merely to get you used to the newest ability you pick up over the course of the game. But they’re breezy enough that you can continue onward to the next set of levels, so it’s not too much of a hang-up.
Overall, I enjoyed how Go! Go! Pogogirl played, and it kept my attention a lot longer than I thought it would.
Go! Go! Pogogirl seems to have been inspired by the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, as it utilizes a similar sense of colors and “happy” looks. But that’s fine, as it also has its own little spins here and there, particularly with some of the secrets hiding above and below.
However, I did have some objections to the somewhat plain enemies. It would’ve been nice for them to have a little more personality instead of blandly walking around and doing nothing.
Maybe they’re just taking after their employers, who knows.
Aside from the poppy visuals, Go! Go! Pogogirl also benefits from pretty good music. It’s got the spirit of Sonic nailed down, but in its own little way. The sound effects aren’t too bad either, even though Pogogirl is very much lacking a voice. And for that matter, we needed better “boing” effects from the pogo stick. Ah well.
Hop To It
Will Go! Go! Pogogirl light your platforming world aflame? Well, as we mentioned, it’s not up there with some of the elite games on the market. But it’s a mere $5, and you get more than
enough joy to justify that price. It’s a good time, with just the right amount of strategy and enemy-bopping goodness to keep going. Sure beats trying to hop on a real pogo stick and breaking a part of your body, yes?
The Bottom Line:
Hardly a game changer, but Go! Go! Pogogirl has enough appeal working for it, and it’s reasonably priced.
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