Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo Review

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Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo Review


Little Acorns was released for iOS devices back in February 2012, but Team Pesky and Pixel Toys have given it a super, 3D, turbo upgrade that can be found exclusively on the Nintendo eShop. Released back in April of this year, Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is a massive upgrade of the iOS title published by Chillingo. While there have been plenty of additions, Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo still sees you playing as Mr. Nibbles.

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is about Mr. Nibbles and his adventure to replenish his acorn stash so he can feed his family. In a nutshell – forgive the pun – that is all there is to know about the story behind Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo.

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo has 60 stages that broken up into three years, and encompasses all four seasons; each season having five stages, meaning each year has 20. The goal in Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is to collect every acorn on a stage and head for the exit. Enemies are also placed around the stage and will slow you down if you happen to touch them.

superlittleacorn_ss3Controlling Mr. Nibbles is a breeze with the Nintendo 3DS controls. Moving him is simply done by pressing either the Slide Pad or D-Pad, jumping is accomplished by pressing B, while swinging can be done by pressing the jump button while in mid-air, and near grapple points. Swinging is my absolute favourite part of Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo and I’m happy to report that the game’s level design uses it quite often. Actually, the level design in general is top-notch with plenty of new obstacles and challenges popping up throughout the adventure.

Adding even more variety to the gameplay are the game’s power-ups. One of these power-ups is called Tough Nut, which lets the player run through enemies and smash through concrete walls. Another power-up lets you jump higher, while the last gives you an extra speed boost.

I adore the game’s bite-sized action, and find myself enjoying simple titles like this more than ever before. Of course, just collecting all of the game’s acorns would be pretty boring; luckily, the developer has included a variety of enemies and challenges to keep the game interesting. Each stage also gives you additional challenges of defeating every enemy, collecting all the fruit that appear after collecting the acorns, and speeding through the stage before the special timer expires. These little challenges not only provide you with more fun, but also reward you with more acorns.

After beating each stage, acorns will be added to your overall stash (3600 in all) and when it reaches specific points, you’ll unlock more of the game, which includes a turbo mode. The turbo mode is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game and provides you with a revved up version of the complete game. Mr. Nibbles is faster and a little more difficult to control, while enemies also move with more speed.

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo also gives you plenty of replay value with its abundance of achievements, unlockable costumes, and 30 exclusive challenge levels. While there is plenty to do in Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo, I feel the asking price of $7.99 is a little steep – $4.99 would be ideal – given the game’s bite-sized structure. One could argue that the game gives you a lot of content for eight bucks, but I never would have purchased the game if it didn’t go on sale. If you enjoy seeing everything a game has to offer, then maybe hours and hours of fun is worth more to you than $7.99.

superlittleacorn_ss4Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is absolutely brilliant graphically. I love the smooth, colorful sprites and the game’s simple, yet effective set pieces. The overall style is quite attractive and the game wraps it up in a gorgeous, simple presentation. In addition to beautiful visuals, the game’s 3D effect is simply stunning. The foreground pops nicely against the background, which creates a nice sense of depth. However, I feel that Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is lacking in the audio department. There isn’t much variety in the game’s music, and in general, the music sounds quite generic. It’s far from awful, mind you, but I feel a more adventurous soundtrack could have added a little more magic to the experience.

Final Thoughts:

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is another fantastic experience that can be found on the Nintendo eShop. It offers simple, addictive, and fun gameplay wrapped up in a gorgeous visual presentation. There are few flaws in Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo, so it’s an easy game to recommend if you’re looking for some arcade-like fun. Its price of $7.99 might be a little hard for some to swallow, but there are hours and hours of content packed into this title.

8/10 – Great

Purchased on the Nintendo eShop

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