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Pro Gymnast Simulator Switch Review

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date6/10/2022
PublisherRedDeer Games
ESRB RatingE

A guy named Walaber was a gymnast(I think). He was also a game developer too. So he developed a game called Pro Gymnast Simulator… and I don’t like it. Why don’t I like it? Because things you do in other games with ease, such as swing around a pole and fling yourself becomes an exercise in extreme frustration.

Looks easy right? Wrong.

L stick controls your arms, R controls your legs. To swing hold L and R past center for a bit, then release to build up speed. Then at the apex, release. Then hold R up and L down and ZR to bring your knees in to tuck during flight, then release to stick the landing.

If you have a problem with the swinging concept, Walaber himself will explain it to you.

Apparently, this is true to life physics wise. Thinking over the gymnastics I’ve watched TV, I can see that for sure. So, that’s great and all. The problem is, the controls are clunky and not intuitive. For example remember I have to hold three buttons to tuck. Or why do I go flying one swing, but not another? I’m not sure. It’s not explained.

I hated this level so much I skipped it. Only to find a harder level next.

I mean yeah, a lot of work was put into this game. You can tell it was a passion project. I’m just not sure what came out the other side can be classified as fun. I mean, if you can get used to the controls and the physics, you may have lots fun with this. There’s even a level creation feature!

Overall: I’m not an athlete and you have to be a gaming athlete to have fun with this.

Verdict: YMMV

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P.S. Try Parkour Jump Adventure

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