|System: Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Prope||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: XSEED||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 24, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As with any platformer, things start out easy but ramp up in difficulty after not too long a time. Initially, Ivys travels across the games first fifty-some stages simply involve getting her from point A to point B without much difficulty. There may be some scattered spikes, but other than bouncing Ivy here or there, its relatively easy.
Things dont stay that way, though. Soon Ivy begins to encounter enemies within the games bite-sized stages, which you either have to block off from the near-defenseless bird or deal with by slingshotting Ivy into them with her drill move. Breakable blocks begin to appear (again, youll need to use Ivys slingshot). Acid drops appear on the ceiling areas of some stages, which have to be blocked by clever vine placement. Then there are other types that can only be broken by throwing large rocks across stages alongside the titular bird, which can be pretty tough at times considering the games lack of direct control in any object interaction. In the later stages, the game forces you to do a lot of multitasking, simultaneously shielding Ivy from immediate harm while ensuring her path is also safe a few proverbial paces ahead. It can be all too easy to accidentally whirl Ivy into a bed of spikes or some other danger because you were trying to protect Ivy and, for example, form a bridge for her. Should you let any harm befall such a cute little bird, you may feel like a negligent monster. Thankfully, the games controller throwing moments are relatively few, though stages involving the use of rocks may severely tax your patience at times (particularly when Ivy lands in front of a rock needed to take out obstacles or enemies).
I have to say, with all the violence and depravity thats so commonplace in the industry these days, its refreshing to come across a game with such an air of innocence. Ivy may not be without its flaws, the biggest being that a seasoned gamer can blow through it in a couple hours and theres not a whole lot of replay value, but if you have kids that want a quality platformer or youre just a fan of puzzle-platformers yourself, Ivys a good bet.
CCC Freelance Writer