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[PlayStation 5] Toodee and Topdee Review

[PlayStation 5] Toodee and Topdee Review
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Toodee and Topdee from Dietzribi and Top Hat Studios is a 2D/3D platforming experience on PS. Check our Toodee and Topdee review!

 

Toodee and Topdee Dietzribi and Top Hat Studios is simple and basic at heart but simultaneously subversive. At first glance, you are presented with a 2D platformer, but in today’s money, everything needs a gimmick, and Toodee and Topdee is no different. You see, Toodee and Topdee is actually a puzzle game disguised as a platformer. I’ll give you a moment to gather the pieces of your mind, which has now been completely blown.

 

After some shenanigans by a semi-colon -it makes sense in context – the multiverse has shattered, and everything is converging into one. The only ones able to save everything are Toodee, hailing from the 2D plane of existence, and his new friend Topdee, from a more 2.5/3D Dimension. Together they must collect keys, defeat bosses, and restore reality back to normal.

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Toodee is capable of moving across the horizontal plane, jumping over gaps as you would in a regular platform. Topdee is able to lift boxes and place them on the vertical axis. The main gimmick of Toodee and Topdee is the ability to switch at will between the two characters. Doing so will put the other into stasis whilst you gain control of their companion. At first, this ability seems innocuous, but as you progress further, it becomes apparent that this is the main way of progressing through the game.

 

Toodee and Topdee never evolve beyond their initial abilities. Instead, creativity comes from the levels themselves. The game is split into five chapters, with each chapter containing around 20 levels and a boss to face off. Needless to say, the game has a wealth of levels, and each chapter seems to have its own theme. You can see the follow-through as new mechanics are introduced to the levels, from basic pitfalls to monsters to weather effects.

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The pacing feels solid, and the gameplay is able to match that. The puzzles, though bountiful, never end up feeling repetitive, and some of them can get tricky. But regardless of how tricky they get, it is not impossible that on your first playthrough, you could complete the game in around 4 hours or so. Whilst there are collectibles to be attained, I don’t think there is enough to draw you back into the fray.

The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy to aim for. The list has 3 Bronze trophies, 9 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies. What will you need to do for that Platinum? You’ll have to complete each of the game’s chapters and collect all of the colorful ladybugs – with different trophies popping as you reach different milestones. There are also some miscellaneous trophies for you to work on, which I’ll let you find out about.

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Toodee and Topdee has a narrative that tries to bring humor to the table, but it genuinely is to your taste whether or not you will find it worth your while to get to the end of the game. Genuinely speaking, Toodee and Topdee is not a bad game, but in such a crowded market, even with its gameplay gimmick, the game doesn’t manage to stand out.

 

Visually speaking, the game feels forgettable, with a subtle dullness that clouds the color palette, and the 16-bit style visuals just feel… uninteresting. Yes, the monster designs are mildly interesting, and the bosses are genuinely fun, but your overall mileage may vary. Toodee and Topdee is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $19.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

Disclaimer
This Toodee and Topdee review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Top Hat Studios.

Review Overview

A fun mix of 2D and 3D platforming
7
7

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