One of the early 3DS eShop successes, Freakyforms was a hilarious little game that made use of the player's creativity to make some memorably mirthful moments. Released to coincide with the launch of the 3DS XL, Freakyforms Deluxe is a retail version that offers more than the download version did - not much more, though.
If you're not familiar with the download version, Freakyforms sees you creating characters called Formees by putting together various different shapes. At first you're only armed with a handful of shapes, but as you continue to play the game and create more Formees you unlock more shapes and different part types as well - wheels, wings, fins and the like - to make more varied characters.
Once you've put your Formee together, you give it a name, pick a voice for it (this part's side-splitting) and give it a catchphrase, then save it and - hey presto! - it comes to life before your eyes. You can then control it in an environment populated by other Formees, food, treasure chests and coins.
Freakyforms Deluxe is essentially an extended version of the original game, rather than a sequel. If you've already downloaded the eShop version, then the first three or four hours of Freakyforms Deluxe will be a frustrating case of going back over what you've already learned, since the game assumes you're a complete beginner, even if the downloaded version, with loads of saved Formees, is sat there in your 3DS system memory.
An option to detect that you've bought the original version and transfer over the Formees you'd already created would have been a nice touch, but instead you'll have to copy your eShop ones onto an SD card before importing them one at a time into the game. Other than that, you're expected to start from scratch here with no shapes, parts, landscapes or other features unlocked.
Down In The Dungeon
One of the major additions to Freakyforms Deluxe is the RPG sections, which see you roaming through multi-levelled dungeons as you battle enemies. These are very basic as you have no control over the turn-based battles. Sure you can give your formee a special ability (which you can unlock in the dungeon) but you can't choose when to use it in battle as the game randomly chooses moves for you.
Having said that, the the dungeons are still fun to explore and collecting all the special abilities hidden in the dungeons can be compelling.
Freakyforms Deluxe presents an interesting irony. A game that offers more content and modes than its predecessor would usually seem like the sort of thing that would appeal to fans of the original, but it's newcomers who are more likely to get more out of Deluxe, since they don't have the frustration of having all their previous creations essentially wiped and having to start with the basic tutorials all over again.
If you're a big fan of Freakyforms and are willing to put up with this then you will eventually find enough here to keep you busy, but it's a big ask. On the other hand, if you didn't buy the eShop version, then we strongly recommend you ignore it and jump straight to this one instead, because it's still the same hilarious, bizarre platformer it always has been, just with more in it.