Bloo Kid 2 (Switch, PC, Mobile)

Even though Bloo Kid 2 is about as vanilla as a 2-D platformer could be, I still enjoyed it for what it was.  And it reminded me of the games I used to rent back in the day on my Super Nintendo.  As the blue-clad Bloo Kid, you must rescue a baby in a basket from a flying demon.  You’ll travel through five worlds as you hop and bop your way through enemies and secrets.  It’s available on Switch, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Switch here.

Bloo Kid can do everything a 2-D platform hero is supposed to do.  He can double jump, hop on enemies, and collect goodies and power-ups.  Potions give you temporary invincibility, while hearts fill your health if you get hit.  There are seven main levels in each world (of 5), and a boss at the end of each world.  In each level there are tasks to complete.  If you can beat a level without getting hit, finish under a certain time, defeat all the enemies, collect all the regular stars or three secret blue stars, etc., you’ll get another star at the end of the level for each of those objectives completed.  Get enough of those end level stars and you can unlock more hidden levels in each world.  Sure the game isn’t very original and a bit on the short side, but I still enjoyed it for what it is.  A classic fun 2-D romp.

Kid Factor:

You can stomp on enemies and defeated characters just fall off the screen, but that’s about as violent as it gets.  Even though there are better 2-D platformers out there, Bloo Kid 2 would be a great introduction of the genre to kids.  Reading skill is helpful for some of the text, but not necessary just to play.  Younger gamers who aren’t accustomed to 2-D platforming may need a little help with the tougher jumps, obstacles, and enemies.  Bloo Kid 2 is rated E for Everyone.

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