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  • Summary: Fight your way across the celestial world of Avalice where cats are green, motorcycles drive up walls and monster girls do most of the buttkicking! Freedom Planet is a cartoony, combat-based platform adventure that pits a spunky dragonoid and her friends against an alien attack force.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 29, 2017
    100
    The most impressive thing about Freedom Planet is just how good it feels. It feels great to find the correct sequence of actions to send Lilac rocketing through a level at warp speed. It feels great hearing each song on the excellent soundtrack for the first time. It feels great to nail the perfect spin dash on an enemy and absolutely shred it. That type of exhilaration is rare and worthy of praise. There’s no shortage of retro-style games that will charm one’s socks off with beautiful sprites and catchy tunes, but to combine all of that with such a deep mechanical understanding of those old Genesis platformers is a remarkable feat. GalaxyTrail, please take a bow.
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    90
    Freedom Planet is a love letter to SEGA fans, and newcomers are in store for a special gaming experience that they won’t experience elsewhere in this modern age.
  3. Aug 3, 2014
    85
    Freedom Planet is like a missing jewel from the Sega Saturn catalog, an amazing action game that can be described a (good) Sonic 2D game developed by the Treasure. Don't miss it-- along with Shovel Knight, it's the retro-indie game of the year.
  4. Oct 27, 2015
    85
    If Shovel Knight was a great homage to the NES era, this is an amazing homage to the Genesis and Master System era. It's what Sonic should be in this day and age, and it's quite funny that its developer wasn't SEGA, but an indie team with a lot of passion for the blue hedgehog. It has brilliant level design, great and tight gameplay, various playable characters, and good pixel graphics. What more do you want? A good storyline? Not there of course, but we don't really care considering the rest.
  5. Aug 31, 2014
    80
    It feels like a classic Sega games, with a solid Sonic based mixed up with its own features. It has some issues, but it's a great game worth considering.
  6. Sep 3, 2015
    80
    Whether it’s the engrossing gameplay, endearing character designs or light-hearted plot, Freedom Planet will likely offer something that puts a smile on your face. Plus, it’s probably the best Sonic game we’re likely to receive for the foreseeable future, even without the presence of the blue-haired hedgehog himself.
  7. Jan 4, 2016
    70
    While Freedom Planet isn't a perfect experience, it is still a very enjoyable and easily one of the best Sonic the Hedgehog-esque games I've played in years. If you were looking for something to scratch that 16-bit Sonic itch this might be it. Just don't say I didn't warn you about the questionable story, voice acting, and late game bosses.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    10
    There is good games, and then there is great games. Freedom Planet turns out to be latter, thanks to developers paying attention to detailThere is good games, and then there is great games. Freedom Planet turns out to be latter, thanks to developers paying attention to detail more than i remember seeing in quite long time.

    Story is not exactly Shakespeare, and voice acting isn't too good, but atmosphere is still both exciting and charming. Partly thanks to visuals that actually looked slightly better in-game than elsewhere. Music and sound effects turn out to be top notch as well.

    The most important thing, however, is gameplay, which is mix of various classics, without ever using retro-style-indie-game cliches, and it works incredibly fine as long you adjust sensitivity settings to fit your taste. But what is game without it's meat? Level design here is surprisingly varied and detailed, with lot of interactivity put into worlds. Enemies and Bosses are the main challenge, though, but even on their worst they seem decent. Game even occasionally has some clever tricks and strategies to use against them.

    Extra stuff includes collectible cards in levels to unlock stuff in gallery, mahjong and Shang Mu academy, series of mini-challenges so fun that it must be illegal. And the best thing about this already content packed game is... there is still more to come!
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  2. Jul 31, 2014
    10
    This game is nothing short of awesome! We need more games like this! The pixel art is gorgeous, the music is catchy, the story is pretty goodThis game is nothing short of awesome! We need more games like this! The pixel art is gorgeous, the music is catchy, the story is pretty good and, for an indie dev, the voice acting is actually pretty good. It's like playing a Saturday morning cartoon. And I mean that in a good way! Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    10
    Freedom Planet is exactly what it is advertised, that is to say, a better action plat former than Sonic the Hedgehog. Visually and in terms ofFreedom Planet is exactly what it is advertised, that is to say, a better action plat former than Sonic the Hedgehog. Visually and in terms of the narrative, it's really cute and easy on the art. It has reasonable voice acting and great music. All coming together to make a comely experience. Freedom Planet delivers exactly what it promises making for a simple game experience of an exceptionally refined quality. Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2014
    10
    A fantastic game that started from a Sonic template but has grown into something much, much more. Huge in design, perfect in execution,A fantastic game that started from a Sonic template but has grown into something much, much more. Huge in design, perfect in execution, multiple characters, dazzling soundtrack, a suprisingly deep story that's fully voiced, don't listen to the haters, this is the hero that platformers deserve, and the one they need right now. Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2018
    9
    Sonic the Hedgehog has had a...checkered history, to say the least. It was only a matter of time before a contender would rise to usurp theSonic the Hedgehog has had a...checkered history, to say the least. It was only a matter of time before a contender would rise to usurp the throne of classic fast paced action platforming of days long past. Freedom Planet I believe is that game, the game to finally surpass the legendary Sonic 3 & Knuckles. I finished the game multiple times with multiple characters, and definitely see myself playing it even more afterwards.
    The game straight up looks like it belongs in the Sega Saturn era, or maybe PS1. It didn't feel like an indie game at all and instead felt like a long lost game from those libraries the graphics were emulated perfectly. The game is just gorgeous to look at and very colorful with fun visuals and cartoony design.
    Where the game excels is the gameplay: you get into this groove, helped along with the incredible soundtrack that is disgustingly underrated and crisp visuals and fast paced gameplay. You don't want to stop, you just want to keep running and platforming. And I love that, this game pulls it off in a way I haven't quite seen on this level, it is literally the next evolution of the classic sonic formula, everything old sonic from the 90's did, but bigger and better. New sonic as you should know is just terrible in general and it's nice to see an indie developer take it up a notch, or several notches.

    The music is absolutely wonderful, and criminally underrated. It's got this bubbly, playful feel to it however it knows when to shred when it wants to, and feels heavily inspired by Megaman X and Gunstar Heroes, along with some Sonic and it's own colorful feel. It's kind of mind boggling how underrated that OST is and I look forward to more of it for sure.

    The story is by far the game's biggest weakness. It's not very good. We're talking about cartoon animal characters so I'm not expecting shakespeare but the story definitely lacks focus and has the hardest time deciding on its tone. One moment its a playful cartoony world like saturday morning cartoons or something then suddenly the main character is getting tortured with electricity and its just kind of surprising how dark it can get out of nowhere. The voice acting is the definition of mixed bag, the main characters sound pretty alright and the villain sounds exceptional, then you've got a few characters that sound like they've been recording in their bathroom or something. Also the dialogue sounds stilted at times and you can tell it was written by the developers themselves and not any kind of writing team, but I can forgive all of that because it comes with a 'classic' mode that allows you to just skip the story and focus on gameplay itself. Not saying you should skip the story but just don't expect to be blown away by it. If I would recommend the story mode for any reason it would be for the music, it's once again very good.

    Kickass game, and literally one of the most underrated gems I've ever seen, Freedom Planet is one of the best indie games I've played recently and I would strongly recommend it to anybody that appreciates old school platformers.
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  6. Aug 28, 2014
    9
    Finally an indie game that is actually fun and enjoyable. It feels like too many games coming out of Steam's GreenLights are crap, but FreedomFinally an indie game that is actually fun and enjoyable. It feels like too many games coming out of Steam's GreenLights are crap, but Freedom Planet takes me back to the days where I played Sonic as a child.

    The story is simple, but it makes up for the amazing game play.
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  7. Jan 31, 2015
    4
    Solid if flawed platformer with great visuals (some of the best pixel art I've ever seen), fantastic voice acting, and a surprisinglySolid if flawed platformer with great visuals (some of the best pixel art I've ever seen), fantastic voice acting, and a surprisingly interesting story brought down by some of the worst boss fights that I've ever had the displeasure of running into. Deus Ex: Human Revolution level of badly designed boss fights. With those omitted, this would be an solid 8, as it stands its a 4.5. One of the first things the developers did post launch was to nerf the difficulty of the bosses due to overwhelmingly negative feedback but even without that overbearing level of raw challenge they're just badly designed which makes them frustrating rather than fun and brings the entire game down. Get it on sale if your a die hard fan of Genesis era platformers or when it hits bundles if you aren't. Expand

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