The platform game boom in the 90s begat an odd brand of artistically driven mascot games. Earthworm Jim, Plok, Zool, Cool Spot, and their ilk owed much of their success to their terrific cartoon stylings, especially if all else turned out poor or frustrating. There’s a lot to analyze about the balance those games struck between their visual accomplishments and their quality otherwise. That conversation deserves a greater breadth of games to scrutinize, and the first new name on the list should be Crazy Drake.
Not much distinguishes Crazy Drake from those other games, and it bears a suspiciously close resemblance to Earthworm Jim in particular. The similarity works in its benefit here. Like the rest of its breed, Crazy Drake is a pretty good action-platformer with the elastic panache of a Saturday morning cartoon. Another game in that vein doesn’t exactly break new ground, but it’s certainly a pleasant surprise. » Read more about Crazy Drake