Super Perils of Baking is a side-scrolling platformer that is a remake of the original 2018 release. It was developed and published by Lillymo Games and was released for PC and Consoles in June 2022.
*Disclaimer: A code was provided by the publisher for the purpose of the review. This in no way affects the outcome, as my thoughts are mine and mine alone!
Growing up in a family of bakers, cooks, brewers and confectionery geniuses, you go to the school of bakers to hone your talent, along with your brother. At the top of your class, your brotherhood grows, but unfortunately so does your rivalry. So you took away day after day, with sweat to get better. Your brother on the other hand finds a hat. But not just any hat, an evil hat that brings food to life! Now on a journey to destroy the lands, you must stop your brother and take off the hat!
To be honest there’s not much story here. It’s a means of moving through the levels, given that you’re trying to stop your brother from destroying all the lands, and you get some story by reading the description of levels. But outside of that there really isn’t anything that keeps you there if this is what you’re looking for. It’s like trying to play Super Mario Bros because you want to know the story. Now what we’re here for is the gameplay. The meat and potatoes of it all.
Having heard the original release of the game was a laid back little platforming adventure, I fully expected to go into this game being able to lay back and not have to do much work to progress through the game. But minutes after starting it, I found my way to a set of secret levels, and my thoughts were beaten and battered until there was nothing left. What’s here is a pretty challenging platformer, where trial and error account for everything, and I died way more than I expected.
The basic gameplay is that the game is just a side scroller where you just work your way to the end of the path, and win. But along the way, there are baked goods to dodge and defeat and cookies to collect so that you may level up and get a chef hat so that you can throw whisks at all the evil creations in the land! As I played through the game, I saw clear inspirations from some of the best platformers that this game wants to pay respects to. From Donkey Kong Country, to Super Mario Bros 3, I was always elated to see what else I could find homage to.
The levels are a good mix up and have quite a bit to explore in them as well. There’s minecart levels, water levels, and my least favourite, balloon levels, where you hold onto a balloon and work your way through the level. I had to take it slow and steady, and even though I excel at platformers, I had a lot to learn here. Even when I thought I was learning, the game beat me back down into submission by throwing a new challenge at me, that I got excited to overcome. Maybe it’s because I’m used to platformers being a certain way, and not having to dodge so many obstacles. Who knows.
There are a ton of things to do in this game. With 55 levels to work your way through, there are secret bonus spots in every single one, letters to collect that spell BAKE, Flawless Runs that test to see if you can get through the level without taking damage, and the gruelling time trials. I tried a few of these and could not succeed. You have to know these levels perfectly, and never stop running. If you let up for even a brief moment, you may have to retry the level entirely. In all honesty, I may return just to try and climb this mountain of challenge. There’s also a NG+ mode which makes the levels even more difficult than they already were. After playing about five of them, I gave in and stopped for the time being. So at the time of writing, I still haven’t finished NG+. I’m sure I will one day though.
- Lots Of Content
- Great Homage In Levels To Old Games
- Tons Of Secrets
- Thin Story
- Time Trials Are Incredibly Tight
As a fan of platformers, I was pleasantly surprised by this game. There was challenge, tons of things to do if I chose to do them, and secrets galore. But a thin story is what stands on the other side. But to some, gameplay is king, and they will find it here!