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Cloudberry Kingdom Review | Palace Of Platforming Pain & Pleasure

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Jonathan Lester
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Cloudberry Kingdom, PC games, Platformer, PS Vita games, PSN, Pwnee Studios, Ubisoft, Wii U games, XBLA

Cloudberry Kingdom Review | Palace Of Platforming Pain & Pleasure

Platforms: PC | PSN (PS3 & Vita) | Wii U | XBLA (reviewed)

Developer: Pwnee Studios

Publisher: Ubisoft

Cloudberry Kingdom is a sidescrolling platformer, but the fact that this is somehow a monumental understatement stands testament to Pwnee Studios' clarity of vision. Cloudberry Kingdom exists solely to be a platformer, a procedurally-generated infinity of jumping, jumping, falling and jumping forever. Its adorable name and disarmingly colourful trappings mask a palace of platforming pain and pleasure, a game that will test you to the absolute limits with randomised gauntlets of lasers and swinging spikes, bereft of much in the way of storyline, context or excuses.

It's an platformer without end, for the sake of platforming for all eternity.

Originally funded via a Kickstarter campaign before Ubisoft jumped on board, Cloudberry Kingdom promised us infinitely-randomised levels, a plethora of tricky obstacles and a stern challenge that makes Super Meat Boy look like a casual relaxing jaunt. It's certainly intense and taxing, causing beads of sweat to run down your rictus grin as hardcore elecronica blasts out over a screen covered with more evil neon death than free space.

Whether it's fun, however, depends entirely on how much you love the genre - and the very act of platforming - itself.

Cloudberry Kingdom Review | Palace Of Platforming Pain & Pleasure

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Cloudberry Kingdom Trailer Boasts Impossible Gameplay

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Cloudberry Kingdom, PSN, Pwnee Studios, Ubisoft, Vita games, Wii U games, XBLA

Cloudberry Kingdom Trailer Boasts Impossible Gameplay

Cloudberry Kingdom may have an adorable name, but this Kickstarted platformer delivers some of the sternest and most technical gameplay you'll ever witness. This new trailer shows off the intense pain and cathartic pleasure that awaits in its infinite procedurally-generated gamut of nightmarish gauntlets. The better you are, the harder it gets.

I'm currently getting worked over working on a review ahead of Cloudberry Kingdom's launch next week on PSN and XBLA. For now, check on our Cloudberry Kingdom hands-on preview.

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Cloudberry Kingdom Hands-On Preview | Cute Name, Hardcore Pain

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Cloudberry Kingdom, PC games, Platformer, PS Vita games, PSN, Pwnee Studios, Ubisoft, Wii U games, XBLA

Cloudberry Kingdom Hands-On Preview | Cute Name, Hardcore Pain

Platforms: PC | PSN | PS Vita | XBLA | Wii U (eShop)

Developer: Pwnee Studios

Publisher: Ubisoft

Cloudberry Kingdom has an unfortunate name. Even the most open-minded gamer will probably be beset with visions of cutesy iPad apps designed to cheekily flog microtransactions to your mewling infants, or the kind of shovelware that infested the Wii a few years back.

However, I'm thrilled to report that this adorable title masks a procedurally-generated platformer of deceptively hardcore proportions; the kind of thumb blistering, retina shredding, instantly engaging technical experience that will challenge even the twitchiest Super Meat Boy veteran. Throughout hundreds of stages, not to mention a randomly-generated mode that ramps up the difficulty the better you play, you'll brave a nightmarish gauntlet of spikes, pits and lasers while getting to grips with new mechanics on the fly.

After a successful Kickstarter, Ubisoft have stepped forward as a publisher for this brave indie proposition, which kicked my arse seven ways 'til Sunday in an hour of hands-on time.

Cloudberry Kingdom Hands-On Preview | Cute Name, Hardcore Pain

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Cloudberry Kingdom Trailer Is Heartwarming & Sadistic

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Cloudberry Kingdom, PC games, Platformer, PSN, Pwnee Studios, Ubisoft, Vita games, Wii U games, XBLA

Cloudberry Kingdom Trailer Is Heartwarming & Sadistic

Cloudberry Kingdom, a procedurally-generated indie platformer successfully Kickstarted last summer, has managed to attract Ubisoft's attention - who've agreed to step in as a publisher without assuming control of the IP. This indie gauntlet of traps, pits, spikes and lasers is headed to XBLA, PSN, PC, Wii U and Vita later this year.

Despite the cutesy good looks, Cloudberry Kingdom is properly, seriously, staggeringly hardcore (it kicked my *rse comprehensively at the latest Ubisoft preview day), and you can get a taste for its genesis in this brand new trailer from Pwnee studios.

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