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88 Heroes is super fun
March 24, 2017
By John Powell - G4 Canada
In the comic book world, for every Spider-Man there is a Frog-Man and for every Batman there is a Bat-Mite.
The platformer 88 Heroes, developed and published by Rising Star Games, takes things to the extreme when the villainous Dr. H8 vows to destroy the Earth.
Well, at least he wants to DESTROY it unless he is paid 88 octillion dollars within 88 hours not just RULE it like many other sinister villains, so I have to give Dr. H8 BIG props on that one.
Go big or go home, I say.
Since the world’s greatest heroes were too “busy” to thwart Dr. H8, a motley crew of 88 Frog-Mans and Bat-Mites have answered the call.
We have Dr. Schitzo who alternates between throwing bombs and harmless teddy bears. There is Bat Bot who does nothing but hover around. We have Gonan, inspired by a famous Hyborian barbarian hero, who swings a massive sword. There is Jim Nastics, who can only flip, jump and vault over obstacles or enemies.
You get the idea.
Each of the wacky 88 heroes has their own gifts and curses. You have 88 minutes to complete the 88 rooms and only 88 heroes to call upon on.
When one hero dies, another random one takes his or her place and this makes every level feel different and new because how you approach the latest level is also dependent on the hero you are using. If you are Bat Bot, you might be able to just fly through an entire level, instead of having to engage enemies or makeover your way through treacherous jumps and traps. That in itself gives 88 Heroes massive replay value.
Like any good platformer, the level design and placement of all the elevators, pits of death, moving platforms, enemies and other traps are crucial and in 88 Heroes, Rising Star Games is careful to walk that line of making the game very challenging but not impossible. There are a few instances of not being about to see or anticipate a trap, fall or enemy because of the line of sight but those occurrences are rare.
There are also other game modes available. In Magnificent 8 mode, you choose a team of just 8 heroes to beat the entire game with and in Solo mode, you pick just one hero to play as.
At only $14.99, the inventive and original 88 Heroes is a steal considering since you don’t have to employ any lackeys, mad scientists or create an invisible ray from scratch to procure it. Muahahahaha!
Rating: 7 / 10
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