There’s a lot to be said about games these days. They’re massive, cost more to make than a presidential not-a-compound and require more input than a feedback form at the post office. But sometimes, the smaller game on the opposite end of the spectrum can be just as effective. Super Little Acorns 3D is one such game.
Dese nuts yo
The plot for Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is dead simple. You’re a squirrel, winter is coming, and you need to stock up on nuts before the coldsnap hits. And hey, it should be easy, amirite? Nuts are everywhere, convenient platforms are plenty and mother nature is populated with all kinds of murder machines that are looking to hinder seven kinds of hazlenut out of your furry being.
And that’s the game really…in a nutshell. It’s level after level of collecting acorns and making certain that your family won’t have to resort to cannibalism come winter. But the real appeal of the game, is that the levels themselves are perfect distractions.
Fire up another game on the PS Vita or 3DS, and you’re most likely going to need to sink a half hour in to make some decent headway. But with Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo, the action is contained to giblet-sized levels with a time limit.
And it’s perfect as a casual game then. Take a quick break, stretch that grey matter, beat a level and get back to work. This isn’t time-consuming, and decently challenging as well. Navigating through the levels, it’ plays like your standard platformer.
That’s a lot of nuts!
You can completely brain enemies by jumping on top of their heads. There are four seasons to conquer, with each season comprising five levels each. Get that year beaten, defeat the boss, grab as many acorns as possible and you’re the champ.
And thankfully, the controls are equally simple. While the jump function could use a touch more fine-tuning, it’s still rather decent overall, with the various power-ups give you enough of an Armstrong boost to kick some spider-arse or move quicker. Rope in some chasm-hopping action for extra grappling, some minimalist visuals that pop nicely in 3D and you’ve got a pretty decent game overall.
The iOS game has been ported over nicely, kept things simple and is an ideal mid-break platformer that doesn’t demand too much from its players. And with extra content to keep the levels rolling, it’s also really good value for not so much cash.