Although the hardcore platformer genre is relatively smaller than most game genres, it has been gaining quite the following with some near perfect additions in the past decade. It’s hard to talk about the style and not mention Super Meat Ball, probably the title that truly began the renaissance. Super Rude Bear Resurrection continues the legacy of the game’s that came before it, adding mechanics that makes the game easier as the amount of corpses begin to pile up.
In Super Rude Bear Resurrection, you are tasked with reaching the doorway at the end of each stage. Navigating through the stages, you’ll find yourself having to contend with countless spike hazards, spinning blades, swinging axes, and everything in between. With precision jumps, accurate movements and perfect timing, you can complete every level in the game without a single death. However, Super Rude Bear Resurrection revels in moments that lead to an unseen and tragic death. Some may find this unfair, but you can scout ahead, but doing so kills any momentum.
The abundance of checkpoints, usually appearing right before a vigorous puzzle sequence, allows you to restart instantly. If you want to experience a hardcore platformer casually, Super Rude Bear Resurrection has plenty of options that will assist your playstyle. I’ve already mentioned the ample checkpoints, but along with it, you can subdue even the worst pitfalls in the game by only dying again and again. Corpses from previous attempts persist after death, making your path through the game's environmental hazards much easier. Traps become disarmed, spikes are rendered harmless, and all it takes is a few deaths (sometimes a dozen or more). Of course, you can finish everything without dying, if you are skilled enough, or have enough patience to learn the layout.
There are no additional abilities in the game outside of running and jumping. Rude Bear is quite capable of wall jumping, a skill that you must master if you wish to make it through levels without a single death. Assisting where he can, a fairy-like wizard acts as your companion, able to scout ahead, open door mechanisms and even remove corpses if they impede your progress. Nothing but rude comments and nasty trash talk spews from his mouth via chat bubbles, usually based around your previous touch with death.
Along with you on your journey is your trash talking fairy companion. Besides making offensive comments regarding your apparent lack of progress, he can help scout ahead and even remove corpses that may have triggered a pressure plate, impeding your progress. The levels are surprisingly lengthy, especially considering the game itself doesn’t take that long to complete. With that said, the thrill of attempting to complete levels without dying will keep you coming back for more.
Across the various themed worlds, you’ll experience new puzzle mechanics, ensuring that you don’t get too comfortable. From snowman tossing snowballs with the goal of pushing you into nearby spikes to blocks that disappear once touched, Super Rude Bear Resurrection keeps the gameplay fresh. Worlds culminate in a boss battle with each one bringing their own unique style and gameplay mechanics.
Super Rude Bear Resurrection is a trial of patience, not only when vying to complete levels without dying, but attempting to get past certain puzzles that can quickly raise the death counter to double digits. Even so, the inclusion of persisting corpses makes the game more accessible, something that I am very thankful for. Honestly, I'd probably never be able to finish the game any other way.Note: Super Rude Bear Resurrection was reviewed on PlayStation 4. A digital copy of the game provided by the publisher.