Thank you so much to ChubbyPixel for providing a review code.
Our story begins with Woodle relaxing in his peaceful forest, when all of a sudden a dark cloud covers the woodlands encasing everything in a strange dark, black substance. This substance begins to drain the life force from the forest as well as the energy from all living creatures.
Before Woodle realizes what’s happening, one of these dark minions steals all of the water droplets from the 8 tree guardians. Doing this leaves them powerless and then they turn to stone.
Woodle speaks to the last remaining guardian, who tells him he must retrieve the water droplets and defeat the evil. Destroying the evil is the only way to restore the forest to its former glory. It’s all up to you Woodle!
Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe is a brand new adventure staring a little tree stump who wields a magical leaf. His magical leaf allows him to glide, attack and even use it as a slide to move around quickly. One thing that is apparent from the very beginning of the game is just how huge the world is and how freely you’re able to explore it.
From journeying to tropical beaches, to surfing on the sea, to hiking up ice mountains, you’ll travel far and wide as you search for all of the guardian’s water droplets. Some will be hidden and require certain switches to be activated, while others will be hidden in plain sight and you’ll need to use your platforming skills to reach them.
Exploring Woodle Tree 2’s world is made much easier then exploring the first game’s world, thanks to some new mechanics. These new mechanics include objects, such as the speed flowers, which let you move extremely quickly, and warp points that act like save points, but also allow fast traveling. These additions make backtracking a lot more accessible and much less tedious.
Controlling Your Hero
Let’s do a quick run-down on Woodle Tree 2’s controls, so we can see what our hero is really capable of. To move Woodle around this 3D world you can use the left analog stick. The right analog stick can help you pan the camera around to get a better viewpoint.
You can also pan the camera to the front or back of Woodle, quickly with the press of the R or L bumpers.
To jump you can use the B button and pressing it a second time, allows you to do a double jump (There’s even upgrade that allows you to do a triple jump)
You can attack with the A button and by repeatedly pressing it you can attack multiple time. Once you unlock/purchase the charge ability you can hold A button, to launch a projectile.
You can run indefinitely by holding the Y button, which is a useful move to use for a quick get-away!
Pressing the X button allows you to “leaf up”. When you “leaf up” you can perform two different abilities. The first ability is usable, while on the ground and lets you put your leaf above your head and collect water from waterfalls, which you can then use to water plants. Doing this will cause plants to grow and allow you to access new areas.
The second ability allows you to jump and while in the air, you can press the X button to glide across chasms or over top of enemies. However, you can only glide, for so long before falling to your possible doom.
Woodle Tree 2’s world is a lot of fun to explore. Like so many adventure games before it, Woodle Tree 2 knows a little bit about “The Art of the Collectathon”. Believe me when I say you’ll be doing a ton of collecting, during this adventure.
There are two types of berries to collect red and purple berries. Each berry has its own value and can be used to buy a number of different items, hats, masks and power-ups.
Red berries are prevalent throughout the world and if you’re low on them, you’ll only have to walk a short distance to find some. The purple berries are much harder to find and are normally hidden or placed in high up areas.
Each item shop can be found near your home and provide different items to purchase.
Here are a few different items you can purchase
Leaf Weapon Upgrades, which allows you to break certain colored blocks that are located around each region.
Wind-Balls, a special ability that allows you to fire a projectile at far away switches or enemies.
Leaf Skateboard, which allows you to press the ZR trigger to jump onto your leaf and ride around on it.
There also a host of hats and masks to purchase to.
So, if you want to change your fashion style you could wear, the link inspired elf hat or the rather hilarious beard mask to really bring out your manly side. There’s lots more items to buy, but I won’t spoil all of them.
Each region you get to explore is completely open to you from the beginning, which was a really interesting idea. Instead of being forced down a linear path, you’re able to explore anywhere and everywhere you desire. Although this is a great feat, there are some problems that come along with it.
Because, the world is so large certain areas are completely empty and void of all life. Furthermore, not all characters have something to say and many are simply placed in locations, just to be there. I also had a few issues with the game’s frame rate as it would dip significantly in certain areas.
The developers are aware of the frame rate issues and I did see a post on twitter mentioning a possible patch. So I’m glad to hear the developers are paying attention to their players.
One of my favorite aspects of Woodle Tree 2 is its fantastic local co-op, for up to 4 players!
Player 1 can control Woodle, player 2 gets to control an adorable fox, player 3 can play as a helpful beaver and player 4 plays as a little bush!
While, I never got the chance to play co-op with 3 or 4 players, I did get to play a lot of Woodle Tree 2 in 2 player co-op. The 2 player co-op was really enjoyable. Each character has the same abilities as Woodle such as double jumping, attacking and gliding, so that no one has an advantage over the others.
I found co-op to to be a fantastic way to play with my younger nephew. It’s very nice, because if for some reason one of your co-op partners is struggling to get to where player 1 is, they can simply press the pause button and be teleported straight to player 1’s location. This makes Woodle Tree 2 more accessible to everyone, especially younger players who aren’t as adept with 3D platformers.
I really enjoyed my time with Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. It’s an overall much bigger improvement over its 1st outing on the system.
The world you get to explore is large and as vast as the eye can see. Not to mention there’s so much to collect inside of it.
With 8 areas to visit such as the ice zone, forest and beach, there’s always something new to see and explore. Throw in some new abilities, new gameplay mechanic’s and tons of items to purchase and I think it’s safe to say you’ll be busy for a fair amount of time, especially if you’re going for 100% completion.
The game does suffer from some small performance issues, but the developers have acknowledged the issue so let’s hope for the best.
I think the developers need a pat on the back, as they’ve created a terrific 3D platformer that is definitely worth owning. The level of polish that’s here may even bring back fond memories of titles such as Banjo Kazooie for its “Collectathon” style gameplay.
If you’re looking for a new 3D platformer on the Nintendo Switch, then look no further than Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe. There’s lots to see and do, not to mention the the added co-op play is icing on this already very sweet cake!