It’s the joyful moments in any game that make me come back for more, even if the game was itself bad, and Krinkle Krusher is a perfect example of this rule. It’s not that bad, but it took me a while understand its purpose.
Krinkle Krusher tells the story of an amazing cake whose smell lured wicked creatures called Krinkles. The Krinkles’ mission is simple: reach the cake and try to eat it or take it. You are a glove, or hand, or simply the whacker who follows orders from a mage who gives but one mission, to stop the Krinkles from reaching and taking the cake.
To help you fend of the waves of Krinkles, you are equiped with spells and magical powers to stop them. Mastering their techniques had me go through quite a bit of tutorial videos and tips, and it’s at this moment that I stopped to ask myself what it is that is compelling me to play this rather simplistic game; and then it dawned on me.
This amazing and colorful world attracted my daughter who sat next to me as I was playing. She was telling me where to hit and cracked laughing every time I hit a Krinkle. The audio and sounds echoed all day through my daughter who mimicked them for the remainder of the day, laughing heartily in the process.
At one point, I handed over the joystick to my daughter who picked up the game as fast as if she herself had been playing for the past three hours. With the guides and hints that kept on nudging me forward, almost making me resent the game for patronizing my gaming experience, I soon discovered that Krinkle Krusher was not meant for me but for the four-year-old gamer who was excelling at it and enjoying it immensely.
The simplicity of this game makes it really easy for kids to immerse themselves in its gameplay. From the wizards, floating glove, and Krinkles (what is a Krinkle anyway?), to the vibrant colors and audio, Krinkle Krusher is sure to be a hit with the younger demographic.
Krinkle Krusher is available for the PS4 (reviewed), PS3 and PS Vita. A code was made available to us for review purposes.