[PlayStation 5] Ufouria 2: The Saga Review

by EdEN, Owner

Sequel Ufouria 2: The Saga from Sunsoft and Red Art Games is one you have to check out on PlayStation 5. Find out why in our Ufouria 2: The Saga review!


Sequel Ufouria 2: The Saga from Sunsoft and Red Art Games is one you have to check out on PlayStation 5. It’s been a long, long wait, but we’ve finally gotten a direct sequel to 1991’s Ufouria: The Saga, the cult classic 2D Metroidvania platformer for the Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System that was originally only available in Europe and Japan. It later finally received a North American release thanks to the Virtual Console on the Nintendo Wii as well as on the Nintendo Wii U. This, and its prequel, are part of the Herebeke franchise, which has games on the Famicom, Super Famicom/SNES, PlayStation, Saturn, Wonderswan, and there was even a Neo Geo game in the works that ended up being canceled.

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As you can see from the trailer and screens in this Ufouuria 2: The Saga review, the game has a bit of a hand-made look to it, which reminded me at times of games such as Yoshi’s Crafted World and Kirby’s and the Rainbow Curse. You’ll first be taking control of Hebe, a cute penguin who must save the world! Your new journey begins after the evil Utsujin crashes near your home. He was so busy thinking about conquering Earth that he lost control, which is why his UFO now lies inside of a huge hole in the ground. Hebe uses a Popoon to destroy Utsujin’s Bumyon, which makes him scatter a bunch of them to slow you down so that you don’t get in the way of his plans.


You’ll control Hebe and his companions with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button and executing a butt stomp by pressing down on the left analog stick or the D-Pad after jumping. You can also press the L2 or R2 buttons for the butt stomp. To switch between the characters in your group, all you need to do is press the L1 or R1 buttons as needed. This is important since each character will have different abilities for you to make the most of.

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The coins that you collect during your adventure can be spent at the vending machines you find. The first item you’ll have to buy is the Fancy Mic, since O-Chan demands that you buy it if you want a new companion for this 2D adventure. Since O-Chan can swim over the river that leads to the next area, you have no other option but to buy the Fancy Mic from the vending machine.


What else can you buy with your hard-earned coins? You could get yourself a Sightseeing Map; a Bouncy Platform that can make jumping platforms appear in various areas of the game so that you can reach additional coins and Utsu-cans; a Heart Container that will boost your max number of hearts by one; a Technique Manual that will allow you to crouch so that you can then crawl forward; or a Hidden Art Hebe’s Scroll which will teach Hebe the powerful Guillotine Attack. This is a powerful ability that, in exchange for one heart, will attack everything on the screen.

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More items will be added to the vending machines as you purchase items and collect Utsu-cans, so be sure to visit them often! If you don’t see an item in stock, move the cursor over it to see if it will be restocked soon or if you need to locate more Utsu-cans to fill up your Utsu-can Point Card. For example, the Rich Rice Jelly requires you to collect 5 Utsu-cans. The Handpicked Green Tea, which you need to buy to get Sukyzaemon to join your group, requires that you collect 7 Utsu-cans!


If you revisit an area you’ve previously cleared, you’ll get to work on completing Missions. By taking on a mission from the bulletin board and finishing it, you will be rewarded with additional coins and even bonus Utsu-cans! Since by the time you find Sukezaemon you’ll only have been able to collect four Utsu-cans, you will definitely need to take on some Missions so that you can fill up your Utsu-can Point Card to unlock the Handpicked Greentea he demands.

This new adventure features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The game’s trophy list includes 4 Bronze trophies and 10 Gold trophies, for which you’ll have to become friends with O-Chan, Sukezaemon, and Jennifer, lose a life, collect over 50,000 coins, collect over 50 Utsu-cans, defeat 50 Bumyon, do a butt bounce 100 times, get hit by poop 50 times, and buy everything at the vending machine near Hebe’s house, to name some examples.

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Ufouria 2: The Saga is the sequel that no one expected to become a reality. It’s a follow-up to what is now a cult classic from back in 1991 that was only released in Japan and Europe in limited quantities. We’re getting a fun 2D platformer in which things change every time you enter a stage, which adds some extra replay value to things. The game’s look is also something that needs to be mentioned since it has a hand-made presentation, reminding me of games such as Yoshi’s Crafted World and Kirby’s and the Rainbow Curse. Ufouria 2: The Saga is out on March 1st with a $24.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This Ufouria 2: The Saga review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Red Art Games.

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