Awesome Pea 2 is the very definition of the words pixel perfect platformer. Almost every jump is a test of nerves as you navigate every old skool gamers worst nightmares. If it’s not spinning blades trying to cut you to ribbons, it’s flying enemies or walls of bullets that will become your nemesis. Don’t even mention the spiked walls, floors and ceilings… it feels a lot like Meat Boy and Mega Man.
It harkens back to simpler times. Everything is stripped back but in the best possible way with platforming taking centre stage. The only tools you have at your disposal are a double jump and your reflexes.
The retro stylings don’t just stop at the graphics and soundtrack which are heavily inspired by the original Gameboy. This game is hard and you will die. A whole lot. Thankfully the spawn is instantaneous and away you go again.
The great thing about it all though, is that it all runs like clockwork. It’s an absolute joy to learn the layout and nail every precision jump and narrowly avoid death. It’s very satisfying!
There isn’t much to the game as it only spans 24 levels. There’s a decent amount of replayability as there are loads of coins and gems to collect in every level. Then there’s the clock that challenges you to beat previous times but it could really have done with a leaderboard. Quite a few of the levels are almost a copy and paste of previous ones as well. There might be a tweak to the layout of the obstacles but large sections of them are very similar. However, it’s very easy to lose a good few hours to it due to the high chance of repeating whole levels upon death. No checkpoints here!
Graphically it’s basic but that’s not a problem. A CRT filter is on by default but there is an option to turn it off which results in a much cleaner looks. This also leads to the game being a little easier to read. There are loads of lovely little animations as well. The little pea performs all manner of spins and flips and it adds a little bit of flourish to the game. It’s all quite cute.
Awesome Pea 2 is a fun little game that doesn’t outstay it’s welcome. It’s easy to put on and blast through a few levels and it rarely gets frustrating. If you like a challenging platformer, then by all means this is a game to consider picking up.
- Simple gameplay
- Lovely retro look
- A little on the short side
- Some level repetition