An unfortunate pairing of classic 3D action and less-then-reliable controls dooms this all-ages platformer
When you bring a new platforming title to the system that Mario built, you’ve gotta be ready for some real scrutiny. Granted, reaching the point where controls feel buttery smooth and fluid may be a tough challenge, but unfortunately Clive ‘N’ Wrench can’t even get to the passable rung. While its double-jump and helicoptering hover moves work well enough, the necessary pairing of a dash with jumps (honestly in an odd order, dashing first to the jump while your feet are on nothing?) is woefully hit or miss at best. Assuming you could choose to dig in and still make the most of it, unfortunately even against some of its more budget-minded brethren the presentation, level design, and general flow of play fail to impress… at best qualifying as generic the majority of the time. On a system where perhaps there weren’t already so many stronger examples available, you could grudgingly recommend this as a potential option, but given an abundance of stronger alternatives there’s no good reason to move this ahead from the back end of the line.
Justin Nation, Score: