Prepare to be amazed, my fellow gamers, as Penny's Big Breakaway bursts onto the scene with a Yo-Yo-powered frenzy that sends your heart racing faster than a cheetah on roller skates! Developed by the genius minds behind Sonic Mania, Evening Star's latest platformer brings us dynamic movement, breathtaking stage designs, and a street performer who knows how to swing and slide like a pro. So, buckle up, grab your Yo-Yo, and get ready for a wild ride!
In Penny's Big Breakaway, our heroine Penny finds herself in the midst of a massive audition that goes haywire faster than a squirrel on espresso. As she tries to escape, she's pursued by Eddie the Emperor's army of penguin minions. Individually, these penguins may not be much of a threat, but in large numbers, they can swarm like a flock of seagulls chasing a bag of chips. With five worlds to explore in the preview build, the action never lets up, even though Penny occasionally finds time to stop and smell the roses (figuratively speaking, of course).
The true standout feature of Penny's Big Breakaway is its movement mechanics. Penny's Yo-Yo is a versatile accessory that can spin her forward, boost her midair, and even take out those pesky penguins with a flick of the wrist. It's like having Yooka-Laylee's Reptile Roll, Super Mario Odyssey's Cappy, and a penguin-slaying weapon all rolled into one. And speaking of rolls, the Yo-Yo can transform into a motorized marvel or a propeller-driven lifter, adding even more excitement to Penny's acrobatic escapades.
Mastering Penny's Big Breakaway requires more than a minute or two. You'll need time to get the hang of each move and even longer to string them together like a symphony of acrobatic brilliance. The game rewards your skillful maneuvers with a combo system that dishes out points, but even without the points, the sheer joy of flying through the air is worth it. As you progress, you'll discover the delicate balance between speed and control, deciding when to use one technique over another. But fear not, my cautious comrades, for the level design ensures that even if you prefer a leisurely pace, you can still reach the finish line.
Let's talk level design, shall we? Penny's Big Breakaway takes the challenge to new heights by creating 3D spaces that are an absolute thrill to navigate at breakneck speeds. While the Sonic series has struggled with this, Penny's Big Breakaway strikes the perfect balance between linear progression and hidden surprises. NPCs scattered throughout the levels engage in small talk and offer bite-sized challenges. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even vault off-course to explore hidden areas and test the boundaries of the game's geometry. Just remember, the key to success is to keep everything moving smoothly, even if you occasionally fumble like a clumsy penguin on ice.
Visually, Penny's Big Breakaway is a stylish feast for the eyes, though it occasionally feels a tad too similar from one environment to another. The carefully curated color palette changes as you progress through different worlds, but the overall vibe remains a vaguely Corporate Memphis aesthetic. While the simple geometry and bright, flat lighting add a touch of 2D charm, some details, like Penny's face, seem slightly unfinished without more traditional shaders. Nonetheless, each world has its own unique concept, with NPCs and stage mechanics perfectly aligned to create a charming and immersive experience. And let's not forget the soundtrack, which is so catchy and memorable that you'll find yourself humming it in the shower.
Now, let's talk about the boss fights because Penny's Big Breakaway knows how to make them epic. While the penguin minions may not be the most formidable villains out there, the boss encounters are a different story. The first boss follows a classic three-strike structure, testing your racing and countering skills. But it's the second boss that truly shines, offering a twist that will fill your heart with pure joy and leave you grinning from ear to ear.
As I conclude my preview, one thing is crystal clear: Penny's Big Breakaway is the epitome of replayability. The game beckons you with open arms, inviting you to master its mechanics, rack up points in the campaign, and race against the clock in Time Attack mode. Can it reach the dizzying heights of Sonic Mania? Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure: Penny's Big Breakaway is here to silence any doubts of a sophomore slump.
Disclaimer: Screen Rant received a PC digital code for the purpose of this preview.
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