Our MaxConsole Game Reviewer @JHardin1112 Is Proud To Be Covering The Latest Nintendo 3DS Release!For the uninitiated, the chase-em-up style is where you attack enemies and they chase you down. It’s a sparsely populated genre, but certainly the two titles that I’m aware of in this list are very much worthwhile to play.
Created by Tanukii Studios, Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D: Space Recipe for Disaster is the long awaited follow-up to the world’s first chase-em-up game Go! Go! Kokopolo, which released back in 2011 for the DSiWare service.
SRFD begins with a brief cutscene showing a space bunny crashing into a meteor and dropping pieces of some kind of a stone tablet (or something) down to earth. The 3 pieces land and disrupt the 3 playable characters. They soon gave chase after the bunny and thus the game begins. Each character has their own unique excellent animations, as well as levels to clear. But their is no discernible difference in attacks between them.
Your goal in this game is quite simple - anger enemies, lure them into traps, and digest for Mega-Points! You can move at two speeds, walk and run. You can either walk up to an enemy, attack them and start running, or you can run at an enemy and attack on the fly (that is the preferred method), but you’ll end up using both depending on the enemies you come across. Once you attack and anger them, the enemies chase you around the level, you lead them back to the plant in the beginning which in turn eats them. Do this as fast as you can. The faster you are, the better your rank. The challenge comes in the level design, especially as you are racing back to the plant with a trail of angry enemies chasing you, all the while trying not to take a wrong turn or step on an environmental hazard. Either of which causes the enemies to damage you and then they get restored back to their original locations, thus causing you to do it all again and ruin your attempt at quick completion time. Now, once an enemy is devoured by the plant, a slot machine inspired animation occurs on the touch screen. If you touch at the right moment and it stops on the enemy icon, fruit appears on the level and you get bonus points for collecting it. Once you devour the last enemy you only 10 seconds to get as much fruit as possible before the level ends.
The sound effects, music, and animations work so well together as a complete package it adds to and enhances the overall experience. In particular, the upbeat tunes are fun to listen to as you race along the stage. But if I’m going to point out the music, I have to give accolades to those animations, from the characters walk/run to the happy enemies who quickly chase after you in a fit or rage once you scratch them.
Beyond the Story Mode there is also Time Attack, which allows you play through previously completed stages to beat your fastest time. With 80 levels including boss battles, you’ll most likely find yourself trying to best yourself after you beat the main story mode. Now the main game is not too lengthy, but with unlockables and the time trials, you’ll be sure to sink several enjoyable hours into this one.
A chase ‘em up, fast-paced, enjoyable arcade game with some quirky characters, excellent level design, and just the right amount of challenge, all resulting in a fun time, every time - Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D: Space Recipe For Disaster is a MUST buy (especially since it’s so affordable!) Do yourselves a favor and get this game. And Nintendo, if you’re reading this, how cool would this game be on Switch?!
FINAL SCORE: 9/10 - Must Buy!