I downloaded Kick and Fennick solely because it was free for PlayStation Plus members to download (February deal). The trailer makes this game look amazing but here’s the plot summary: A boy wakes up in a brightly colored electronic dystopia with well maintained facilities, despite an overflow of plant life, and it takes 45 seemingly similar levels to get his robot friend a battery. That’s it! That’s the game!
Now, all that being said, I could only bare to play through the sixth level. This game wants to be the toddler friendly version of Ratchet & Clank soooo bad. I almost hated playing it and I usually enjoy games marketed to kids. This game is meant for a select group of players: Those who are easily entertained by big graphic levels and characters with almost zero mobility (spoiler: you can’t jump and instead use a super powered laser gun to propel the character, Kick, throughout the game); that have the hand/eye coordination and finger mobility of a very experienced experienced gamer; and that have an unrealistic amount of patience. That’s what it all boils down to, right there: Unrealistic. I have a hard time finding a reason to play. The music is overly dramatic. The look of the game level to level remains almost the same, changing from candy-coated collapsed skyscrapers during the day, to the same buildings at night, and dusk, and an inverted color scheme.
I can’t delete this game fast enough to retrieve the precious space on my Vita. I’m sure there’s going to be 1 in every 10,000 children, even adults, who rock this game. In fact, I looked up some reviews and a lot of them were positive, thoroughly enjoying the entire play through. That’s fine, if you think Jr. is going to love it then go for it, but it is a DELETE for me. And again, if you are looking to understand my perspective for this review, check out my Gamer Profile.
If you were thinking about wasting time on this game I’ll just go ahead and say “Buy Jak & Daxter instead”. I feel like it has all of the action (including jumping, firing a BOOM gun and actual voices) that a soft-core game like Kick and Fennick is missing. It’s a time tested franchise that has been entertaining kids and adults alike for over a decade and you won’t feel like you’ve thrown your money away.