Upon first glance you may mistake TurtlePop: Journey To Freedom for a childish platformer that’s not necessarily going to test your gaming expertise. Clearly it does look like it’s designed for a younger gamer, but under its turtle waxed candy floss shell lies a surprisingly fun challenge. Got your attention? Waddle this way to find out more…
Starting off at a snail’s pace, TurtlePop soon kicks in a brain testing campaign. The premise is to rescue fellow turtles in over 100 levels. Such levels are spread across seven different worlds that all look beautiful. Rescuing your little herd of hard shelled chumps is accomplished by a helping floating hand. You can call in an airborne support turtle, in the form of a genie. This character floats above you and has the ability to rain down bombs, food and other such items that help tackle saving your friends. Blow up rocks or feed and give extra strength to your turtles – it’s all done via this levitating guy. If an unlucky turtle gets killed in action, and sadly this is going to happen frequently, you’ll be tasked to restart the level. That being said, such levels are small bite-sized ones so redoing them isn’t too much of a problem.
Completing a level earns you rewards via the Treasure Chest. Here you can gain items and bonuses as well as upgrade abilities too. That’s not all though; you also have Sun-Coins, Moon-Pearls, Building Cards and even hidden turtles to find. Phew! There’s certainly a lot going on in TurtlePop – including remembering what button does what. Summoning the genie, deploying this wealth of help, controlling your turtle and even taking control of the whole herd at once make this platformer a busy experience to master. Trust me, it’s not a game to have a long break from playing. There’s certainly a lot to remember for something that looks like it was made for a 7 year old.
It doesn’t sound easy and it’s not, but it is hugely rewarding working out the way forward, saving your buddies and opening up new worlds. Plus graphically it’s enticing; eye-popping bright colours and scenery make this platformer really stand out. It’s also well suited to handheld mode, where everything along with the sweet melodies deliver a great Switch on the go experience. And if you like your local multiplayer, then there’s a nifty one here that brings further enjoyment to the table.
TurtlePop: Journey To Freedom is a charming and endearing adventure on Nintendo Switch. Definitely one for the family to enjoy or a player that loves an intricate platformer. Plus it’s a turtle game without a “Cowabunga!” in sight.
Lizard Rating: 7/10