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  • Summary: There's a buddy atop every hill in this open-world, movement-focused adventure and they all seem to need help! Bop cardboard baddies, brave serene hills and forests, and scale sheer rocks that only a kid would dare! Explore a lovingly crafted island full to the brim with areas to discover,There's a buddy atop every hill in this open-world, movement-focused adventure and they all seem to need help! Bop cardboard baddies, brave serene hills and forests, and scale sheer rocks that only a kid would dare! Explore a lovingly crafted island full to the brim with areas to discover, friends to make and joy to be had. Each area of the island brings unique quests and characters to meet.

    Glide through the mountain tops and drop in on the Theatre Troupe kids, swing your stick sword through the forest with the Prep schoolers or find the 'Cool Kids' down in the Creaklands. With plenty more areas to discover, there's no knowing who you might run into!
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Jan 3, 2023
    100
    Unlike some games that try hard to be good-natured and relaxing but actually aren’t, Lil Gator Game is exactly what it looks like on the surface: a sweet, adorable game that never feels like it’s trying too hard to be either of those things, but that’s guaranteed to win you over all the same.
  2. Jan 8, 2023
    95
    Lil Gator Game is charm incarnate. Deftly, exceptionally charming. With its sincere, sweet little story and perfectly dorky humor, it provides a wonderfully enchanting adventure that kept me grinning and tittering all the way through. More importantly than anything else, Lil Gator Game made me happy. I’m damn happy this adorable goofiness exists, and while I’m sad I ran out of things to do, I’m delighted by everything I did.
  3. Jan 3, 2023
    90
    Lil Gator Game is a shining example of a game with a brilliant premise realised to its fullest extent. Full of heart, humour, and heaps of fun, this quality release simply cannot be missed.
  4. Dec 14, 2022
    85
    Lil Gator Game delivers a fantastic experience, based on free roaming and exploration where the main is goal is clear: let the player have fun. And, at that, it succeeds.
  5. Dec 21, 2022
    80
    Lil Gator Game is an adventure that ambles along, taking elements from games its developer loved and implementing them along the way. In a way, that might also keep some players from connecting with it. But even so, it is generally a charming and cozy way to spend some afternoons.
  6. Dec 14, 2022
    80
    There are few games out there that successfully capture childlike wonder and imagination better than Lil Gator Game. Despite some minor issues with the writing and how directionless the adventure can feel at times, it's easy to forgive small frustrations when a game is as wonderfully charming from start to finish as this. Lil Gator is up there with the best indie games released this year and comes with a recommendation for anyone remotely interested in feeling like a kid again.
  7. Dec 14, 2022
    60
    As long as you don’t mind a bit of mindless and aimless wandering, Lil Gator Game is a laid back and relaxing platformer (if a short one) that’s ably carried by its brilliantly funny dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. Jan 4, 2023
    10
    I loved it, a game to calm down and spend a few good days exploring the island, I recommend it!
  2. Jan 14, 2023
    9
    Both my son (4 years) and wife (30) loved the game as much as I did, and that's not something I can say about any other game. That but itselfBoth my son (4 years) and wife (30) loved the game as much as I did, and that's not something I can say about any other game. That but itself says a lot about this apparently simple game. I can't give it a 10 because the music is VERY repetitive, but I also understand its hard for a small team. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2023
    9
    A short, but endlessly charming, funny, and in the end, very bittersweet game. Just like the childhood afternoons that inspired it, LGG onlyA short, but endlessly charming, funny, and in the end, very bittersweet game. Just like the childhood afternoons that inspired it, LGG only lasts a few hours, but they’re hours that will stick with you. It’s a game for any aspiring artists or creative types who’ve lost the passion and love for that art. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2023
    8
    "Lil Gator Game may be as little as its name suggests, but it’s also a touching tale about two siblings that just don’t play with each other"Lil Gator Game may be as little as its name suggests, but it’s also a touching tale about two siblings that just don’t play with each other anymore. Its open nature is great for exploration, even if it’s a little too bit too unguided at times, but it makes for a very sweet cozy game to sit down with for a lil while."

    https://theeliteinstitute.net/2023/01/01/lil-gator-game/
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  5. Dec 26, 2022
    8
    Lil Gator Game is a game about the whimsy of childhood and how keeping those feelings of wonder into adulthood is important. The game is cute,Lil Gator Game is a game about the whimsy of childhood and how keeping those feelings of wonder into adulthood is important. The game is cute, fun, and knows exactly what it wants to be and exactly what it is paying homage to in it's gameplay. The story is simple, but still managed to make me yearn for the days of my childhood and I found myself reminiscing on my own days of exploration and adventure.

    I followed this game for over a year leading up to it's release, following it only because it looked cute. I knew it was not a game that was trying to be groundbreaking, but not every game has to be. This game was a fun time with a heartwarming story.
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  6. Jan 9, 2023
    7
    This game is nice. I had fun playing it but I must admit that from time to time I felt too much directionless. If you like the idea of playingThis game is nice. I had fun playing it but I must admit that from time to time I felt too much directionless. If you like the idea of playing a game with no big purpose where you simply explore, this is a good choice. For me, it was a little disappointing because it felt like I wasn't playing a game but only killing time. Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2022
    7
    So, I was reallly looking forward to this game, and I've played it for a few hours, and it feels very similar to three games, the first twoSo, I was reallly looking forward to this game, and I've played it for a few hours, and it feels very similar to three games, the first two are pretty obvious: A Short Hike, and Breath of the Wild, the third less obviously, is Paper Mario: The Origami King. It does not live up to the first two titles, mostly because of poor writing, and the designer's choice that you follow the way they want you to play the game. Let's be clear about this, the writing itself is not the worst, but there is too much of it, and its far too self referential. Less is more when it comes to game writing. And also there is nothing wrong with a game that makes you play a certain way, but it feels odd to be given this sandbox style island playground, and then feel hampered by a feeling of needing to move along a cinematic plot. The two clash, end of story, it's the thing that brings the game down from what would probably be a nine otherwise,.

    The things that made BOTW and A Short Hike good were the freeness and openness of how you could play, which is something that is missing here. Also the charm of the dialogue often comes from it's brevity, which is something sorely lacking in Lil Gator Game. It feels, as is often the case in indie games by newer developers, that they think everything they think of is important enough to put in the game, and so important that you have to listen to it when you play. Basically this game forces you to talk to people, and they say a lot.It should also be noted that the games I am comparing these too are unusually good.

    The other major detractor is, like I said, it's similarity to Origami King, which is kind of a series of interactive cutscenes, interspersed with hitting cardboard things until confetti comes out. There's an emphasis on imagination, but the cardboard cutouts are... just cardboard cutouts. It's cool to have this actual fake zelda world set up, but it would be much better if the characters' pov provided the imagination, and made it more like an actual action/adventure game, where there was some sort of minor... not combat exactly, but something more than just smashing things open. Think of of a Don Quixote video game, fighting giants is more fun that hitting a windmill with a stick.

    All this being said, a lot of care and talent went into this game, the meta-ness, when it doesn't go too far shows an overall love of many good things. I think with tweaking this game could be a 10/10. As in the same assets, the same world, the same sprites, just rearranged a bit differently. All the mechanics are good, and I really like going around the world. I recommend this game overall, mostly because I want to see what the dev will do next if it's successful.
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