Banana Split is a decent no-frills single-screen platformer. The graphics are decent; the controls are decent; the levels are decent; the length is decent; the price is decent. Everything’s decent. Therein lies the problem.
Decent isn’t enough. Ever since pioneers like Pitfall! and Super Mario Bros., the platforming genre has been one of the most popular gaming genres out there. There are literally thousands of platformers to choose from, many of them free online. Even on XBox Live Indie Games, you have better choices like Arkedo Series – 001 Jump! and Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp (which at 80 MS points is also cheaper) and if you move up to XBLA, you have the fantastic N+ & Splosion Man. In a genre so heavily saturated, decent is no longer acceptable.
Banana Split is certainly nothing to be ashamed of as a developer and I look forward to seeing their next project. It’s definitely worth downloading the demo to see if its traditional platforming style clicks with you more than it did for me. If nothing else, the banana man protagonist is mildly amusing.