At a glance, Let’s Go Nuts! is a side-scrolling platform game featuring a cute squirrel on a mission to collect as many nuts as possible. Usually there’s more to a game than you see in the adverts but unfortunately with Let’s Go Nuts! what you see is literally what you get.
The game consists of four worlds, each featuring ten levels of increasing difficulty. The controls are as simplistic as the game, asides from the thumbstick; you will only ever need the ‘B’ button to jump or double jump depending on your destination.
Starting off in a forest, you play as a cute cartoon squirrel aiming to reach the finish line as quickly as possible whilst avoiding the substance below. Throughout your journey, you will encounter a multitude of wooden boxes which are incredibly easy to push.
Although these boxes are designed to be pushed off the platform’s edge to provide a safe path across the green liquid, it’s ridiculously easy to send them flying off into the distance leaving you no choice but to take a dive into death and restart from the nearest checkpoint.
The second world takes a more sinister turn. This time, the forest is on fire. Not only does this world feature a background of flaming trees and a gloomy sky, in this world you will encounter your first enemies.
Obviously, when you’re a squirrel running through a flaming forest the only enemy you would expect to see would be an octopus, so it comes as no surprise that you have to jump on our eight-legged friends head to make him explode just so you can collect your nuts and move on.
As you get further and further through the game and progress through the wacky worlds that have been created, you will get more moveable objects to replace the wooden boxes and thankfully these have more weight to them so you’re far less likely to launch these the distance of the entire level but it is sometimes fun to hit them onto a mushroom and watch as they become airborne.
As a whole, this is a great game if you’re looking for something simple yet challenging. It’s easy to pick up where you left off and also allows for some squirrel customization by trading in your nuts for hoods and ninja costumes, but it’s short-lived.
Although there is an endless mode where you can run and jump as your heart desires, the main game is only 40 levels long and each level can be done in a matter of minutes. Even the customizations are limited to a few items with different colour variations but these are purely cosmetic.
All in all, there were definitely some surprises in this game but the most frustrating aspect was that the platforms go so high you can’t see what’s below you so every jump is literally a leap of faith.
In hindsight, I do feel sorry for the poor squirrel. He’s lost his home, been terrorized by octopi and yetis and never gets to walk on solid ground. Even now I’m not sure what that green murkiness at the bottom of the screen is but I’m thinking it’s pretty toxic…