Lil Gator Game looks like a delightful blend of A Short Hike and Breath of the Wild

Lil Gator Game

A cute 3D platformer from MegaWobble and Playtonic Friends coming in 2022

It took twenty whole seconds for me to be sold on Lil Gator Game, an upcoming adventure platformer for Nintendo Switch and PC. What an adorable vibe. And as prevalent as gliding has become in the genre, I don’t mind — I still actively want to do drift in the wind.

I’m going to go ahead and do the thing that’s admittedly heavy-handed but quickly gets the point across: Lil Gator Game seems like a fusion of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and A Short Hike, which, in my world anyway, seems ideal. These are fantastic games in their own right, and combining them into something familiar but new-ish could work wonders.

Aside from all of the jumping, gliding, and sliding around a mountain community, there’s stuff to snatch up, too. “Collect arts and craft supplies to create all sorts of goodies and see the park flourish,” notes the game summary. “You’ll be sure to make plenty of friends along the way whilst helping the islanders complete their quests.”

Lil Gator Game is a team-up between developer MegaWobble and publisher Playtonic Friends, who has a pretty good thing going between this game, another interesting 3D platformer called Demon Turf, and a soothing, stylish golf game named A Little Golf Journey. If that name sounds weirdly familiar (it’s still pretty new!), here’s the reason: Playtonic Friends is the indie publishing arm of Yooka-Laylee creator Playtonic Games.

“We’ve talked a lot this year about what attracts us to new projects and it really boils down to one thing — finding games WE want to play and in a lot of cases wish we’d come up with,” Playtonic Friends CEO Gavin Price said in a press release.

Smashing cardboard creeps

I appreciate that Lil Gator Game is 1) getting a PC demo — check back on October 1 for the latest Steam Next Fest demo deluge — and 2) that it’s already confirmed for Nintendo Switch, where it undeniably belongs. I’m wishlisting this in my heart.

Jordan Devore
Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random.