Healthy rivalries are a great thing. They push you to achieve phenomenal things and test everyone involved. What’s not so wonderful, however, are super competitive siblings. These sorts of relationships can be toxic and often lead to massive fallouts. This is exactly what happens in Super Perils of Baking.
Developed and published by Lillymo Games, this is a 2D side-scrolling platform adventure title. It is a remake of the 2018 game and consequently; it has improved graphics, more responsive controls, and is polished for a modern audience. Moreover, it has a distinctly retro vibe and reminded me of Super Mario Bros. and other amazing classic platform experiences.
Super Perils of Baking is wonderfully old-school.
I love when developers create unique titles that push me to my limits. Yet, I’m also a sucker for nostalgia! Therefore, I cherish every old-school game I get my hands on. What makes Super Perils of Baking even better are the modern elements. Unlike its dated peers, the controls are great; the graphics are clean and bright, and the sound won’t destroy your eardrums. Alongside this, you still search for secret levels, hunt for collectables, and discover mountains of monsters to maul. In short, it combines plenty of amazing mechanics to create an enjoyable experience.
The story behind Super Perils of Baking is absurd and silly. Two brothers are talented and can grow up to follow the career of their dreams. However, both love to bake and their desire to be the best chef creates an unhealthy rivalry. Your character is the hardworking, honest lad who always beats his brother. This drives his sibling mad and subsequently, he finds a way to cheat. By stealing the cursed chef’s hat, he brings every meal to life. On top of this, the hat turns him into a monster! This won’t do, so you must kill every foe while trying to save your brother.
So, the story is a bit audacious and frankly stupid, but who cares! You’ll lose yourself in the madness as you float, swim, and jump through different stages. What’s more, you’ll face off against many monsters, overcome pits and spikes, and collect oodles of items. If you happen to be a platforming aficionado, nothing will surprise you. Many of the mechanics are familiar, and this isn’t a bad thing. After all, if it isn’t broken, why would you fix it?
Alongside the usual action, you’ll hunt down collectables, get help from unusual friends, and discover an array of secret locations. There is also a speedrun option, the chance to be flawless, and many more surprises. Therefore, it balances an accessible approach with challenging gameplay for veterans. I loved this, as it shows the developers considered mindset. Furthermore, you won’t tire of the action, as there is plenty to see and do.
Super Perils of Baking is polished but dated.
Talking of what you can see, the graphics are nicely polished. Yes, they are dated and offer little in the way of original content, but this matters not. The colour palette is vivid, pleasant, and varied. Consequently, this helps each unique location to stand out. I also enjoyed the clean lines, the cute sprites, and the brilliant stage design. What’s more, the food monsters are amusing, evil, and look great.
I’m a sucker for synth music and 8-Bit sound. Luckily, Super Perils of Baking has a delicious soundtrack that is simple and shrill. Its high-energy songs aren’t too loud or OTT. This was important, as it could have been overbearing and uncomfortable. Furthermore, the sound effects are nicely balanced and complement the action and the music.
Surprisingly easy to play.
I associate old-school platformers with pinpoint precision. Subsequently, the controls have to be tight and easy to understand. This title isn’t as demanding and that was fantastic. The platforms are larger and more forgiving, and the monsters are reasonably lethargic. What’s more, checkpoints are easy to come by. On top of this, the weaponry is simple to use whenever you obtain your chef’s hat. This was a fantastic decision from Lillymo Games, as it made it that much more enjoyable.
Super Perils of Baking oozes replay value and longevity. Thanks to the challenging secret levels, the speedrun option, and collectables, you’ll be kept busy. Then there is the flawless mode which isn’t for the faint of heart. One mistake ruins your attempt and that’ll drive you insane.
Super Perils of Baking is an incredible title.
Indie games go from strength to strength, and this is a prime example of that. Thanks to its great mechanics, simple controls, and polished aesthetics, it’s an incredible title. It is perfect for retro gaming fans or newcomers to the genre. I adored it and I recommend you to buy it here! Can you help your brother or is the curse of the chef’s hat too strong?