Well I finished the entire episode, and I'm gonna give a review.
It's not that good. Why?
Top tier power-ups are given out way too freely. The first fortress, you get a free tanooki suit. The Final boss: Free hammer suit and tanooki suit. Top tier power-ups should be put in the secret areas, not freely given out.
The enemy placement is baaad. Every time you see an enemy, it's in a cluster of either 2 or 3 right beside each other. This is really bad, especially for things like bullies, who just knock each other about. Spread out the enemies, and don't put them in clusters.
Most of the CGFX have 1x1 pixels, like the green checkpoint flag, or the stars. Use something like Paint.Net to make custom Graphics. All the other CGFX were from packs or somewhere, and they look good with eachother, but the 1x1 gfx need fixing.
4) World Map
The world map isn't good. Levels with a "Secret" exit can be accessed by normally completing the level normally. This needs to be fixed. Also, the pathways are broken. The warp pipes to take you between worlds all are connected by one path, so you can go from World 1 to World 8 immediately. You can also skip world 4 with the pathway there too. Also the world map is just generally ugly looking, flat and bare.
5)The Star System
This is only a mechanic in world 3, where if you want to play World 4, you need to find 5 (or 6 I can't remember) stars in each of the levels. This would be fine if it wasn't a 1-world mechanic. If you don't have them all, you have to kill yourself to go back and find them. It would be better if this was removed entirely.
Overall, this isn't a very good episode, but I see potential! I want to see this expand, get better! For now, I'm gonna leave it with a 3/10.
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