Developer: Frogmind
Publisher: QubicGames
Platforms: Switch, PS4, XBox One, PC, mobile
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 06/08/2021
Price£5.39 £4.31/$5.99 $4.79
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

Do you remember the game Flappy Bird, the mobile game everyone played for a few months? You tap the screen and try to dodge the tubes. Well BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition, you can relive it sort of.

The story of BADLAND is well almost none existent. You take the role of Clony, a weird, almost bird-like creature, as it flies through the forest to figure out what is happening.

Badland GotY game

Simply tap a button to make the wee guy move up stop and he falls, left and right, to move him. As you make your way through these small levels, you will need to be paying full attention to what is happening as one bad move and you will need to restart the level. 
While progressing, BADLANDS will require the player to make a quick decision one second to avoid falling cogs, then show patience as you have to time dodging lasers. Mixing this up will keep you on your toes. All the while keeping away from the ever looming right side of the screen, that wants to (I assume) eat you.

It will add the further more mechanics you go in the game, such as power-ups that allow you to shrink to fit through small gaps or get bigger to move objects. Clony will also pick up pals along the way and selfishly sacrifice them to solve puzzles or just to protect its self from dangers. It’s an interesting way to solve some puzzles that come your way.

There are 100 levels to work your way through. I am going to be honest here after around thirty of these I got bored very bored and could not find the drive to finish the game. This is the downside of games with a load of levels and mobile games, as this is originally. They have a tonne of levels and after a while they start to drag. And BADLANDS has mobile game written all over it.

Overall BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition would seem like a good mobile game you could put on finish a few levels while on the bus listening to your boss on zoom. Doing so on a Switch might get you in trouble. But on a console to sit and play, this does not feel right to me.

If you want a quick pickup and play experance, then it could before you.


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