They like big guffs and they cannot lie
Of the mindset that fart jokes are more puerile than they are top of the parps? Stop reading now. But if you’re more of a playground-humour persuasion, this platform-puzzler is occasionally a gas.
After one of your doofus janitor duo guzzles a bottle of an extremely fizzy drink, he develops quite the emissions problem and fills up his suit. Which isn’t so great for his grumpy purple pal, given that the pair are tethered together by an air hose. It is, however, more useful for you – tapping Y switches which of the twosome is inflated to a great girth, and shrinks the other back to normal size.
Little and large each have their advantages. The former is nimble and sprightly, able to fit into compact spaces, pull switches and dart about; the latter is slow and ungainly, but can activate pressure pads, serve as a trampoline and – most fun of all – drag his companion about like an unwilling lhasa apso on a leash. Playing solo, you switch between them by pressing B or move them in tandem by holding LB; there’s also the option for you and a friend to control one apiece in co-op.
The puzzles take the form of platform levels, each with an endpoint to reach. But sometimes, you reach your goal and are then turned around and told to go back. It can feel a bit directionless, which isn’t helped by the fact that some level furniture is geared around collectible cola bottles – and these aren’t always clearly differentiated from your main objectives path. It’s naturally easier in co-op, but still requires tight communication. Most of the laughs, we found, came in making friends go all fat when they least expected/wanted it.
The central mechanic may lose a little of its charm over time, and the lurid colours soon grate, but as in any puzzle game worth its space dust, the best moments come when something new ‘clicks’. When you realise how to use the big guy as a counterweight to pull the littl’un on to a ledge, say, or twig that moving platforms make great jump-off points from which to bounce on your outsized pal’s head. It’s neither as chaotic nor as amusing as it wants to be, but these space goons still sweep up some fun. OXM
Publisher Sierra / Developer Rock Pocket Games / Format Xbox One / release date Out now
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