In this review, I will be discussing the quality of this game and what could have been better. This is a 3-star rating from me because there was just too much missed potential for it to get any higher.,
The “the smurfs – mission vileaf release date” is a platform game that was released on June 29th, 2019. The game is based on the Smurfs and it has been rated 7/10 by IGN.
Let’s be honest here for a moment. The Smurfs, like the rest of the series, isn’t particularly good. The animations were tedious to watch. Paul Blart: Mall Cop has been compared to the Shawshank Redemption in recent films. At best, the games published during the last three decades were mediocre at best, and at worst, the basis for a discount bin. We’ve got a new one now. Despite the fact that I am a sucker for licensed games, I had little faith that The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf would be anything but horrible. Surprisingly, it was not. It wasn’t great, either, but the fact that it was so blatantly ordinary could make it the finest Smurfs product ever.
Believe me when I say that it looks much worse in action.
Mission Vileaf is a 3D platformer based on the Smurfs. That was enough to have my ears perk up like a dog being given a treat. These are my favorite games, yet making a cheap licensed clone isn’t easy. Even the most unremarkable 3D licensed platformers of the time, such as A Bug’s Life and Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt, featured well-designed levels and a few quirks that set them apart from the pack. In a technical sense, The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf may be called the same, since it isn’t utterly inept. That doesn’t imply it’ll be a smash success or even worthwhile to spend your money on.
The question is, how can you develop a 3D platformer with the Smurfs? How do you translate a series that is renowned for being completely helpless and feeble into a genre that is all about overcoming barriers and beating a few adversaries here and there? The Smurfizer came up with the solution. I know, it’s a clever moniker. The Smurfizer is a contraption designed to purify and cleanse the soil of all filth. There are a lot of diseased plants, opponents, and mushrooms, and the only way to heal them is to spray a magical dust from the Smurfizer, in a gameplay cycle that reminds me of Super Mario Sunshine.
Some of the sequences in this game were totally written in poetry. It’s not awful, it’s not bad…
Cleaning the grass will remove large heaps of muck that act as impediments, while spraying magical Smurf dust on adversaries is the most common method of killing them. You may have to execute a ground pound (it’s a 3D platformer, so you’ll have to do a ground pound) or hop atop their mushroom-shaped head to reveal their weak place. It isn’t really tough, which isn’t necessarily a negative thing, but it is quite repetitious. As is to be anticipated, every part of this game is quite repetitious. It’s the Smurfs, for crying out loud.
The level design isn’t intrinsically poor, but there’s only so much you can do with this basic material when constructing levels. On a few grassland-based stages, you utilize mushroom pads to leap, climb some trees, and clear up pollution. They’re bright and sometimes pleasing to the eye, but this is what I’d expect from a game from two generations ago. Particularly about the texture quality, which is quite low, and the basic lighting effects. To make matters worse, the framerate isn’t really consistent. It isn’t really bad, but it does drop from time to time. Even during platforming tasks, the action isn’t quick enough to need precise accuracy, therefore these flaws may be overlooked. You shouldn’t, but it’s possible.
Purify wicked grass (or whatever they’re called in-game) using the Smurfizer.
The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf’s general platforming is good, but every figure you control has a strange “acceleration” before they start moving correctly. It makes certain leaping parts a little more unpleasant to get through since you have to step back a few feet to “gather momentum”… in a Smurfs game, no less. The camera, which only sometimes acts in order to give you a headache, is the game’s major flaw.
The most contentious component of this game is its sound design, which I saved for last. The music is generic and unmemorable, yet it serves its purpose. The issue (or lack thereof) is with the voice acting. It’s bad, but not in a shabby manner. At the same time, you can see how well the voice actors do their jobs. They are doing their best with the resources they have. They’re simply being held back by a terrible screenplay. There are even some sequences that are totally written in poetry, and they aren’t half terrible. Everyone else’s ability to provide a decent performance is hampered by the fact that the underlying material is uninspiring.
This is exactly the kind of talk I had to endure when playing Mission Vileaf.
This may be the finest thing ever developed with the name Smurfs associated to it. The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf isn’t bad; it’s simply abysmally average. It features a few nice concepts, such as above-average level design and well-animated characters, but it’s plagued by a number of technical flaws. Then there’s the most egregious of all: the fact that it’s based on such a drab property to begin with. At the end of the day, this is a mediocre game that may appeal to die-hard fans of the brand, if there are any.
This game has terrible visuals, lighting effects, and framerate. Nonetheless, I must acknowledge that the Smurfs are all well-designed and somewhat well-animated.
It’s a basic 3D platforming control system, however movement and camera capabilities are lacking. Not to add the framerate difficulties discussed before. Even with how basic it is, I adore the focus on discovery.
The voice acting is strange in that it’s genuinely horrible, yet you can tell that the voice performers are doing a fantastic job. They’re simply being held back by a terrible screenplay.
Despite the fact that the source material is horrible, this isn’t a poor game in and of itself. Even though it’s clumsy and unrefined, it’s competent. Finally, an aggressively mediocre release that may gratify die-hard fans of the series, assuming there are any.
Final Score: 5.5
The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
PS4 was used for this review.
The publisher donated a copy of The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf.
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