Who doesn't know it: You want to have a cozy evening with a series, have drinks and snacks ready, and just as you are making yourself comfortable, the batteries in the remote control are empty. This is exactly the fate our protagonist Larry experiences in Landflix Odyssey. Fortunately, our bearded serial junkie has the solution to the problem right under the sofa: thanks to his uncle with the catchy name "Good Doc", Larry happens to have five green glowing batteries with strange abilities.
When our belching protagonist wants to operate the television with the remote control, now equipped with these special batteries, we fly into the medium in the style of Jumanji – in this case we end up in the series portal Landflix. To get back to our cozy series evening, we need the five batteries that fell into five different series. By the way, that's what Uncle Good Doc and his colleague Evil Doc, who are also on the streaming service, tell us. Somehow, even there, we get the feeling that not each of the two scientists is playing with open cards …
The absurd prehistory is summarized with a few pictures in a short intro. For the rest of the adventure we have to be content with a few blocks of text. But that's not a problem, as the story never gets really interesting or funny. In a humorous way, Landflix Odyssey is more reminiscent of kindergarten jokes when our protagonist burps for the fifth time in the middle of the conversation.
Trash can also be rubbish
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In the course of our adventure we travel to the following five series: Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Daredevil, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. But we don't have to be afraid of real spoilers, because the events are far from any series content. For example, Jon Schnee did not have a castle on the giant ice wall in either the Game of Thrones series or in the original book and, to our knowledge, Queen Cercei does not control the White Walkers. But if you haven't seen any of the series, you will hardly understand allusions and the already poor sense of humor falls by the wayside. The jokes that remain are the disabled jokes about the blind superhero Daredevil.
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As is typical for platformer, we move from left to right in a 2D world, overcome obstacles and overwhelm opponents. Our protagonist Larry has a very special attack tactic ready for the latter: In order to knock our opponent down, we first have to burp his face at the push of a button. The smell of our little peasant apparently makes seasoned men sway, after which we just have to jump on his head in Super Mario fashion. Whether this is still funny after the hundredth opponent remains to be seen, but this mechanic works surprisingly well in terms of play. Unfortunately, however, this attack becomes superfluous in some worlds. In the different series we get more skills that surpass the bad breath of our protagonist, no matter how strong. Why should we burp at opponents awkwardly in order to briefly confuse them, when in the The Walking Dead world we can simply shoot our competitor with Daryl's crossbow? With the Breaking Bad blend, however, we have to rely on the superfluous stomach air, since we can only throw drugs in here to experience everything briefly in slow motion. Unfortunately, we can only use these skills in the respective worlds, which means that the gameplay options remain very limited. We are looking in vain for genre-typical skills such as wall runs or dashing.
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Eight to nine levels are playable for each series, two of which are boss fights. Landflix Odyssey shows its greatest strength. The bosses are creative, entertaining and get stronger from series to series, but are hardly unfair. Overall, the level of difficulty does not increase too much in the course of the game, but it is still pleasantly challenging. If you carefully explore the levels and look for hidden entrances, you will also find special items with which an extra level can be unlocked for each world. In terms of play, however, these hardly differ from the rest.
You have a pixel on your forehead
The environments are very varied due to the five different series. While we crawl around the icy wall in Game of Thrones, in Breaking Bad we move around in a US desert. Landflix Odyssey cannot compete with pixel beauties like Celeste. Even the rather generic soundtrack doesn't manage to sound more than average.
The best word to sum up Landflix Odyssey is "okay". The graphics are okay, the soundtrack is okay, even the gameplay is okay. The only exceptions are the funny boss opponents and the stupid, pee-poop-humor shaped story. Those who haven't played indie gems like Celeste and Horace are definitely better off with these.
In addition to the PC, Landflix Odyssey can also be played on the Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
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