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[PS3 Review] Badland: Game of the Year Edition

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Apple’s 2013 iPad Game of the Year has arrived on consoles. This version is loaded with all of the DLC that is already out for the game, making it an even better deal.

Fly and survive through the Game-of-the-Year- winning world of BADLAND and discover an astonishing number of imaginative traps, puzzles and obstacles on the way.

BADLAND is a multi-award-winning side-scrolling action adventure with innovative physics-based gameplay and stunning atmospheric graphics and audio. BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition has been redesigned for the PS4â„¢ system, PS3â„¢ system and ‘PS Vita’ system with new analog stick controls and enhanced visuals.

The GOTY edition also offers lots of local multiplayer fun: up-to-4 players can compete on 27 deathmatch stages or work together to survive through 100 levels of co-op campaign.

– Over 15 hours and 100 levels of single-player story
– Up-to-4 player local multiplayer awesomeness: co-op & deathmatch
– Cross-Save: game progress is synched between the PS3â„¢ system, PS4â„¢ system and ‘PS Vita’ system versions

This Cross-Buy product entitles you to download PS4â„¢ system, PS3â„¢ system and ‘PS Vita’ system versions!

BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition – Launch Trailer | PS4, PS3, PS Vita

Badland: Game of the Year Edition is coming to you from Frogmind studios. Originally a game released for phones and tablets, it has now reached consoles and handhelds with new button controls and a dearth of post-release DLC that is now included in the package right from the start. As stated before, Badland was chosen by Apple as it’s iPad game of the year, so it’s got to be pretty good! Let’s dive in.

Badland is a puzzle/platformer that stars Clony, a furry black flying ball. You make your way through each area by using the X button to fly through the levels. The game starts off simply as most puzzle platformers do by teaching you the mechanics and easing you in. As you progress, you are introduced to new variations of gameplay offered by the level pickups.

The pickups vary in what they do. Some will make you bigger and smaller throughout the level, some will split you into extra characters, You might stick to surfaces, or bounce around. What’s important here is not necessarily the power-ups but the level design and how they are used.


The levels are designed refreshingly well. Each mechanic makes sense for use in that level, and it clicks on how you are supposed to use it. You may not see it right away, however if you give it a bit of time, you will figure it out. That is what makes this so good versus some games that make you consult guides or wikis on how to proceed.

You navigate through the levels in a sequence over two days ranging from Dawn, Noon, Dusk and Night. It manages to tell a story with no words, which is very interesting. It really comes down to you against the machines. There are tons of levels to work through including all of the extra DLC that is packaged into the game. If you can get a friend over there are also 100 co-op levels or 27 battle levels that you can have some serious fun with. This also makes it a great party game.


Graphically the game has a minimalist feel. My first thought when playing it was Limbo, which also used a lot of dark colors but managed to highlight your character and make the other characters visible. For a game ported over from mobile the game looks gorgeous. The characters and the world all have a distinct feel that you will not find anywhere else.

The game is cross-buy and cross-save making sure that you can take your game on the go and then back again. I love this feature since when I go on business trips I can keep playing and keep my progress. The game also has a Platinum Trophy! Getting the platinum on this one is only for the fearless.

Final Thoughts

Badlands is an awesome game that is easy to recommend. It doesn’t require a huge amount of time per session, so it’s great to pick up quickly for a short period. Over time, you can work through the game in small chunks at a time. As stated earlier, this game is also great for you and your friends to play. There is really no reason for you not to own it.

pros=”World is well realized
Great level Design
Great Power Ups” cons=”Can get very challenging
Difficult Platinum” score=90]

Cost: $11.99

PSN Game size: 498 MB

You can purchase Badland: Game of the Year Edition from the PSN store


This review is based on a PS3 copy of Badland: Game of the Year Edition provided by Frogmind.

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