You can’t help but shake the feeling that Funk of Titans was the result of a ‘What if’ conversation in the pub which went to far and actually turned into something people are expected to pay money for.
Graphically, the cartoony style isn’t a challenge for the Xbox One, and the game is generally very well put together. A particular visual highlight is the levels which put the light source in the background and lead to a slightly Limbo-esque silhouette effect, but, sadly, this is a wasted opportunity as the gameplay remains unaffected by the change.
A Flappy Bird-inspired bonus level would already be enough to hammer the nail into the coffin, were it not for the painfully dull ‘boss battles’ which put you up against a trio of musical stereotypes who have scrambled out of the Guitar Hero rejects bin. The threesome will tax your thumbs with some of the most unimaginative use of button prompts ever seen as you supposedly face off on some sort of dance contest, but disappoint further by performing the same whether the player hits the buttons or not.
levels seem to stubbornly refuse to progress like a four-year-old screaming in a supermarket.
In short, this game has ‘Future Games with Gold’ stamped proudly all across it, and unfortunately only builds the stereotype of what “an indie game” is. With Rayman Legends going free on Gold this month, it may be waiting a while for its time in the spotlight, but with such competition, and higher caliber from many other titles from ID@XBOX, it is unacceptable to not match the standards set by 2D platformers decades ago.