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Ufouria: The Saga 2 review — A Woolly Yoshi fever dream

If Ufouria: The Saga 2 was a drink, it’d be one of those seriously over-the-top Frappuccinos from Starbucks. You know the ones: the ones with so much cream and sugar stuffed in them that just one big sip is practically your entire daily allowance.

We don’t mean that in a bad way. For all our sins, we love a Frappuccino, God help us. And, as over-the-top saccharine-sweet as it may be, we rather love Ufouria too. This platforming adventure is practically so adorable it hurts, thanks to its characters who look like needle felt projects, and its world that appears to be made of papercraft.

Indeed, there’s a touch of Yoshi’s Woolly World here. Ufouria: The Saga 2 sports that same, charming style, with its environments that could almost be sat on your desk; little dioramas made out of cardboard and glue.

Even playing Ufouria is so cute it makes you feel a little nauseous. The enemies you’ll come up against here are penguins, colourful blobs of goo, ducks and fat little blackbirds. And to defeat them you’ll be tossing a fluffy ball at them (or bouncing on their heads, Mario style). Ridiculous little details, like the fact that text boxes appear to be made from Hama beads, will undoubtedly put a giant smile on your face, too.

Ufouria: The Saga 2 screenshot
Image: Sunsoft

It’s a platforming game but there’s a touch of Metroidvania here: you’ll need to revisit areas as you unlock new characters with additional abilities, which will allow you to access new parts of the world. Still, levels are bite-sized, never taking more than a few minutes to complete and there’s nothing too challenging: simply make your way around, collecting coins and avoiding obstacles.

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There might be some areas of a level you can’t reach yet: maybe a secret tunnel you can’t access until you’ve unlocked the ability to crouch, or a platform that’s a little too far to jump unless you have a particular character. You’ll need to explore levels multiple times anyway to collect coins – it’s with these that you’ll buy the abilities that you need.

Somehow, doing so manages not to be repetitive, though. You see, each time you revisit a level, its layout changes: platforms will be in new places and you’ll have slightly different challenges to overcome. There’ll also be a fresh suite of coins to collect and enemies to defeat. There’s a basic boss waiting for you at the end of each and, thankfully, you don’t have to fight it on each revisit – not unless you want to, of course.

Ufouria: The Saga 2 screenshot
Image: Sunsoft

As you might have guessed from its name, Ufouria: The Saga 2 is sort-of a sequel. The original Ufouria was released on NES way back in 1991 and, some 33 years later, its original publisher Sunsoft decided now’s a good time to bring back the series. This is more of a reimagining of the original, brought to life in gorgeous HD cuteness, although there’s a wealth of new content added, too.

Needless to say it doesn’t matter one jot if you haven’t heard of Ufouria before, as we suspect many people won’t have (we hadn’t). You can approach this not knowing anything about the game and you’ll likely enjoy it just as much as you would if you played the original as a kid – as long as you enjoy painfully adorable stuff, anyway.

There’s a lot to like about Ufouria: The Saga 2, and its ridiculously cute art style is only the tip of the iceberg. This is a clever platformer that rewards exploration, and wandering around the game’s intertwined world remains a joy, even when you’re revisiting the same areas multiple times. We dare you to try and find something cuter than this: it really is in a fluffy league of its own.

Ufouria: The Saga 2 review – GameSpew’s score

This review of Ufouria: The Saga 2 is based on the PS5 version of the game, with a code provided by the publisher. It’s available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

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