may have heard of the iOS versions of the adventure RPG, but now Planet
Crashers is making its way to the Nintendo 3DS. Hopping from planet to planet,
players must complete turn-based battle quests, eventually crossing the galaxy
in order to stop an unknown evil.
a recently graduated space cadet from Planet Crashers Academy you must take on
their first official mission. It turns out that an unknown evil has risen from
a dark stretch out in the galaxy, and plans on blocking out the sun (lucky
you!). It’s up to you to travel across space in order to stop this abominable
force from creating a dark, freezing, sunless galaxy.
off on a planet called Lushie Greenie, you can create and customize your
character from head to toe. When we first stepped out into the world, we
immediately noticed how rounded the planet was – running around it was actually
a bit dizzying and might take some time to get used to. It reminded us a lot of
Animal Crossing City Folk only on a smaller scale.
there you can head into town to see if there are any open quests for you to
take on. Each quest you finish will not only earn you experience points, but
also weapons, skills, items and gold. Accepting
a quest will also automatically take you to a dungeon, where you’ll face an
enemy in a turn-based battle. Appearing on the bottom screen, the battle menu
has familiar RPG options like skills, items, escape and swap. You start off with only the basic “Strike”
skill, but as you progress you'll have the option to equip additional skills
and weapons before heading into battle.
in Planet Crashers take place in separate areas. Unlike the spherical parts
outside of them, which are considered more like free roaming safe zones where
you can talk to NPCs who can give you game info help or quests, these are flat.
Fights are all preset with no randomized enemies popping up at you, as well as
turn based. Weapons and items can also be found in dungeons as well as
throughout your travels (or can be given to you as rewards for completing
we traveled from planet to planet via designated giant spiral warping areas, we
discovered that the 6 different worlds are all unique. Planets we saw included Haunted Reach, a
spooky planet with graveyards and haunted houses, and Hustle Town, a lush grass
covered planet with faire-like tents and flowers resembling cherry blossoms
Above: We’re interested in seeing
more of this planet called Sweet Cheese
With its overall toony style, simple and intuitive gameplay, and numerous
ways to customize your hero in nutty ways, Planet Crashers looks like it might
deliver a fun approach to adventure RPGs when it releases Q1 2012.