Smurfs: Mission Vileleaf (Mario Sunshine, but three apples tall)

ManaByte

Gold Member
I’ve had my eye on this platformer for a while as I’ve liked Smurfs games in previous generations and it goes on sale on both PS and Xbox from time to time. Finally caved in yesterday while it was on sale again, and it’s definitely worth checking out for a little AA Mario Sunshine clone.

It’s a 3D platformer where you play different Smurfs with a backpack like in Mario Sunshine but instead of cleaning up gunk you’re curing diseased plants.

I was expecting some serious platforming jank here, but I was shocked at how precise the platforming is. It was a real nice surprise actually and prevented what could’ve been a frustrating game.

There’s also depth here with collectibles that you can use to upgrade your sprayer and secrets scattered about.

Not sure if it’s worth the full $40 but it regularly goes on sale for about $10 or more off and for under $30 it feels worth it. It’s also a small game, only about 5GB.
 

jaysius

Member
I’ve had my eye on this platformer for a while as I’ve liked Smurfs games in previous generations and it goes on sale on both PS and Xbox from time to time. Finally caved in yesterday while it was on sale again, and it’s definitely worth checking out for a little AA Mario Sunshine clone.

It’s a 3D platformer where you play different Smurfs with a backpack like in Mario Sunshine but instead of cleaning up gunk you’re curing diseased plants.

I was expecting some serious platforming jank here, but I was shocked at how precise the platforming is. It was a real nice surprise actually and prevented what could’ve been a frustrating game.

There’s also depth here with collectibles that you can use to upgrade your sprayer and secrets scattered about.

Not sure if it’s worth the full $40 but it regularly goes on sale for about $10 or more off and for under $30 it feels worth it. It’s also a small game, only about 5GB.
I'd say The Gunk or A Hat in Time, Super Mario Sunshine is a certain kind of quality.
 

CamHostage

Member
I’ve had my eye on this platformer for a while as I’ve liked Smurfs games in previous generations and it goes on sale on both PS and Xbox from time to time. Finally caved in yesterday while it was on sale again, and it’s definitely worth checking out for a little AA Mario Sunshine clone.

It’s a 3D platformer where you play different Smurfs with a backpack like in Mario Sunshine but instead of cleaning up gunk you’re curing diseased plants.

I was expecting some serious platforming jank here, but I was shocked at how precise the platforming is. It was a real nice surprise actually and prevented what could’ve been a frustrating game.

Smurfs games have a secret history of being better than anybody would ever give them credit for. The PS1 Smurfs was charming and an early experiment in being made for very young gamers (you cannot die in the game,) Velez & Dubail did a few Smurfs games on Game Boy, and then I believe the Colecovision Smurfs game had the first in-game credits as a hidden easter egg. There's lots of lame or even terrible Smurfs stuff out there as well, there's no reason to care if Smurfs games are good or not if you'll never play a Smurfs game, but it's not a bad idea to take a cautious peek when a new Smurfs game shows up.

 
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