Lovely Planet makes a triumphant resurgence with its fast and fluid speedrunner, Lovely Planet 2: April Skies. It’s a return to form for the fourth entry in the series, and it couldn’t come at a better time after lying dormant for an extra year. This is a first-person shooter that’s hardcore in every sense of the word except for its cutesy look and soundtrack. This is a game that demands precision and accuracy, but does so. This is the truest sequel to 2014’s Lovely Planet, and is QUICKTEQUILA’s best entry to-date.
Super Lovely Planet is the third game in a series that started with Lovely Planet and followed by Lovely Planet Arcade, both first-person shooters. This time there’s no shooting at all, and it’s a 3D platformer like Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, or more recently Yooka-Laylee; except, not like them at all. Super Lovely Planet takes a different approach, one where the conversations are minimal and the gameplay is paramount. The resulting game is somewhat shallow, but provides simple fun in its cutesy worlds.
Lovely Planet Arcade has one of the most infectious soundtracks this side of Katamari Damacy, perhaps more so than the original Lovely Planet back in 2014. Lovely Planet Arcade also has one of the smoothest difficulty curves in recent memory, and much like its predecessor, will have you running through a level, shooting with utmost precision. There’s a couple of changes this time around that fundamentally change how the game is played, and while it proves to be interesting, it loses something in the process.
Don’t let the cute visuals deceive you. Within lies a difficult, and sometimes cruel game. Much like Australia’s adorable koala, can be mean at a moment’s notice. This is the same for Lovely Planet, a speedrunner that you will love with all the cuteness on display, but then, it will turn on you.