STAFF REVIEW of Gelly Break Deluxe (Xbox One)

Friday, September 10, 2021.
by Peggy Doyle

Gelly Break Deluxe Box art Gelly Break Deluxe is a re-release of Gelly Break that was first released 3 years ago, a colourful couch co-op platformer designed for players of all ages. You take on the roles of two adorable squishy gellies named Gel and Lee. They must work together, using their shooting and switching skills, to save their world from the baddie named Evil Blob, his minions and a variety of mini bosses.

You can play Gelly Break Deluxe either as single player or couch co-op. This makes it a great option for couples and families, but if you are a solo dweller, you are forced to play single as there is no online multiplayer included unfortuntely.

Having had the opportunity to play both co-op and solo, I found solo easier, although I do see the appeal of playing with a friend as many laughs were had. In single player you switch between the 2 characters using 'Left Bumper', swapping you from Green to Orange and back again. Green can jump on green platforms, Orange on orange which means you’re switching between them often to maneuver and climb up areas or hop across lava flows. You also use the ‘switch’ mechanic to shatter glass and rescue the gellie’s friends in the levels or break glass to get additional items.

In single player, the switching is easy and rarely challenges your reflexes. I can only assume this is to bring the balance down, as the levels are identical whether you play two player or alone. It is entirely possible to breeze through single player in about 4-5 hours if you wanted.

In co-op things are a bit more challenging. In order to switch between characters, you must first jump onto your partners back, with both players pressing their buttons at the same time to accomplish this. This is even more difficult than it sounds. My first few attempts seemed like this would be an aggravating task and we’d never get through the levels, but after some trial and error we agreed on a timing mechanism that worked.

There are a few safety nets in the game. You can gain extra lives fairly easily, and a super Mario style bubble retrieves you if you fall off the edge. Your health bar allows for several falls and knocks.

The levels are clearly geared for two player and the game starts with two players as the default. Often you have multiple route options, each geared towards a colour where you would split up, move along and regroup. This game play is removed when you play solo because you simple choose a path of convenience and ease.

About halfway through the game I had seen about everything Gelly Break Deluxe had to offer, all of the skills and all 4 minion types. Boss battles mix things up a bit and give you the only unique moments in the game. A lot of it was simple combos of the game jump, spin, break repeat.

The music was very upbeat and reminiscent of most arcade style platformers I grew up with, as I found myself bobbing my head along on numerous occasions. Happy music, bright colours and cute characters definitely give this platformer appeal for multiple ages.

Gelly Break Deluxe gave me what I expected from the game; It was a cute, colourful upbeat platformer. Its happy music, simple design and couch co-op made its appeal evident for family or couple fun, but I do think it could benefit from online co-op so you could find others to play if you happen to live alone. I did find the solo gameplay less challenging and frustrating and enjoyed my time playing the game in this mode much more overall.

**Gelly Break Deluxe was provided by the publisher and reviewed on and Xbox Series X**

Overall: 6.8 / 10
Gameplay: 6.5 / 10
Visuals: 7.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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