Use your arsenal of superpowers to stop Mojo Jojo's latest scheme in this brand-new Powerpuff Girls adventure shooter! Play as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup as you explore the far reaches of Townsville, battling Mojo's evil robots in a quest to get all your powers back.
User reviews: Very Positive (123 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 14, 2014

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Use your arsenal of superpowers to stop Mojo Jojo's latest scheme in this brand-new Powerpuff Girls adventure shooter! Play as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup as you explore the far reaches of Townsville, battling Mojo's evil robots in a quest to get all your powers back.

Key Features:

  • Explore four vast areas in a sprawling "Metroidvania" style adventure.
  • Play as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, and use each girl's unique powers to unlock new parts of the map.
  • Battle tons of evil robots with different behaviors and attack patterns.
  • Tackle four titanic boss battles.
  • Find hidden upgrades to empower your heroes and learn new abilities.
  • Choose the Modern look from the Powerpuff Girls special or the Classic look from the original series.
  • Mojo's Key Quest, a "New Game+" mode that lets you replay the game with remixed rooms and all 3 girls powered up.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Graphics RAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Graphics RAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.4
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Graphics RAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Short but cool Metroidvania/Bullet Hell type game. It's probably suited to a younger audience but hell, I like it!
Posted: June 29
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Let's make this quick as I'm sure your all up to your eyeballs in Steam Sale games.

If you got given this to play with, give it a go. While the scope for this seems absolutely tiny, it's still a well made, bitesize experience that has gameplay that gels together rather pleasingly.

The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville (or, if you will, TPG:DoT), is a 2D sidescrolling shoot-em-up that reminds me mainly of bullet hell games. Thankfully (or unthankfully depending on the player) its no where near as hard but the idea of flying around with a freedom of movement in order to avoid robot bullets reminds me of very, very little that I've ever played. However, there's also an exploration on a slant of metriodvania style exploration where you are free to explore rooms like a pig looking for truffles in a wedding cake to look for power ups and ability upgrades.

In fact, the Metroid vibe is strong here. The story has Mojo Jojo creating the umteen-hundred and twelth deadly robot to use on Townsville. The girls are called, it's business as usual. Well, until Mojo uses a memory thingy that forces the girls to forget their powers, rendering them to nothing but walking. So, your first few rooms are all about looking for the ability to punch and then to fly. From there, the game picks up at a steady pace.

There's a reason I believe this game works pretty well from a gameplay side, as the two mechanics work well with The Powerpuff Girls in general. Throwing powers around is what they do and exploration takes advantage of their ability to fly. Flying gives the player access to anywhere they choose, making exploration effortless as they only have to move in that direction to check something out. Therefore, a Metriodvania style layout for the game is perfect as exploration isn't much of a chore but can still be rewarding if encouraged.

TPG:ToD happens to reward you with the memories of your forgotten powers (I don't know how, but your fighting a chimpanzee with his brain in a fancy bucket. I just roll with it), tokens to increase your generous power and health meters (at least in Normal Difficulty) along with boosters. These are optional buffs to your game that boosts some aspect of your characters. Things like flying faster, taking less damage, recovering your power meter over time. Handy stuff. There's also the ability to have more than one at a time if you explore enough.

The powers rather neat while they mess with what I remember the girls able to do a bit. Your able to switch between each of the three girls with slight alterations between their powers, once you save Blossom and Bubbles from Mojo's robots. You get six attacks; punches, a standard shot that splits if it hits anything, eyebeams, dashing that can allow you to break through certain bricks in walls and a power unique to each girl. Buttercup has a sound blast thing that fires through walls. Blossom has fireballs that cause heavier damage and melt ice blocks. Bubbles has an ice shot that fires a few shards to slow enemies and, for some reason, deactivate purple force fields. Again, I just rolled with it but it does not seem based in logic at all. You would only find that if someone told you or through random attempts with everything you had at your disposal.

The sixth attack is the ability to charge up your moves for something more devastating. While this seems like a small set of unlockable, they're actually pretty well paced and enjoyable to use, with further additions as you move through the game like deflecting projectiles or improving charge times for attacks.

In fact, length is one of the biggest issues I have with this but it's probably not for what you think. The length is short but that means the level designers don't necessarily run out of ideas before the game is through. Your powered up, fight your way through some environments, look for goodies, fight some bosses and then collect all the stuff. Great, wonderful, brilliant. It gives the feel of a flash game that was put on Steam but a very well constructed one.

Now, I do wish there was more game on offer here but it's honestly not because the experience was bad. It was good. I just think the licence has only been flirted with.

The Powerpuff Girls have a bizzare and colourful rouge's gallery; The Ganggreen Gang, HIM, Fuzzy Lumpkin, Princess Morbucks, Sedusa and! And...I dunno, Quackor? Having just Mojo to fight seems like a major miscalculation as you miss out on one of the best parts of the show. This also robs the game of a possible extra layer of variety. The entire game ought to be one level in a much larger game where, perhaps, you fight the next villain of the week in sequence.

Or, even better, do it Megaman style and have us choose which to go after first, giving different powers and abilities for each villain you go after. Otherwise, the game feels short-changed rather than just short.

Like I said, it's not for being unentertaining. It's for feeling too much like a demo for something much, much larger that utilised more of the Powerpuff lore. And I damn well hope that is what this is.

Radian Games! If your reading, pleeeaaaase make another one of these! There's plenty to be done here and what I've seen is really promising. If I had to be a bit of a git and set you homework, I would suggest you sit down with Super Metriod or Metriod Prime and pick out what they do in terms of exploration as a central concept. I'm kinda inclined to say, the game could use a bit of bite. Maybe only let the players on casual know where the abilities are on the map? It might help, it might not but I am not adverse to a good ol' puzzle to get my shiny-shiny upgrade.

Also, how about adding more from games like Parodious and Touhou. A Fair Challenge was the one thing I couldn't get enough of from TPG:DoT. Obviously, going absolutely nuts would be silly but a little more tactical thinking with enemies that's more involved than 'run up an shoot/punch it' would be fantastic. Afterall, adding more baddies could give us more enemy types. The Ameboys could have henchmen that split into multiples of themselves. Or HIM would demand only certain attacks on certain enemies. Because HIM is meant to be a massive ♥♥♥♥♥♥-canoe like that.

OK, I'll leave you guys be for now. I'd hug you all for this game but I don't have the plane fare. Just convince Cartoon Network this needs a sequel. Or at least DLC!

Otherwise, I'd say this was a fantastic start. The choice of both visual styles as standard is frankly flattering and I appreciate it greatly. Whatever personality and humour they could squeeze in is almost as charming as the show it's based on but it's hard to capture that completely.

Finally, the music design wants you to know your in a computer game...I don't know how to take that. It's certainly not bad, just odd. The music usually does enough to be distinct enough to indicate that one environment is different from another if the visual style doesn't remind you. I also don't remember them ever fading into the background as they all seemed to have little flourishes that made you take notice of them for just a second then slip back into a quiet groove. The most memorable being the cave areas at the beginning of the game when the music builds and then slows to a strange halt.

It's just the use of NES style electronic elements don't feel right somehow...

Is TPG:DoT worth a go? Well, yes. I'm not 100% sure about the price because of everything about it's length and missed potential that I mentioned before. But, it's a decent romp that will not make you sick of it. As far as I'm concerned, there's enough here to wet the appetite between larger games you might have brought. Or perhaps for a sequel? I leave it up to Radian Games and whoever they consider charming enough to ask Cartoon Network about it.

If you can, pleeeeeeaaaase do it! Plleeeaaase?
Posted: July 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Sugar... spice... and everything nice. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little girls. But Professor Utonium accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction...Chemical X!-- Thus the Powerpuff Girls were born! Using their ultra-superpowers, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil!

The City of Townsville... IS UNDER ATTACK!: For the first time (to my knowledge) the Powerpuff Girls get a fun, straight forward video game! Those of us who had the pleasure of watching Cartoon Network on Fridays remember PPG (along with Dexter's Lab, Cow & Chicken, Johnny Bravo) as being much watch. The video game (complete with graphics for fans of the modern look of the show) is basically a 2D side-scrolling Beat 'Em Up, which some puzzles thrown in as well.

My latest, greatest, most brilliant plan ever!: The controls on the PC version (not sure if there are versions for consoles or handheld games) are pretty straight forward, the directional buttons to move up down left and right, the A and D keys for punches and powers (as well as to turn when flying, that does take a little bit to get use too). S key is to dash, Spacebar is to switch powers as you acquire them and Q to switch between the girls.

I'll prove that I can be... hard-core!: Fans of the series should be happy to know that the game should know that it features many (if not all) voices of the original cast, after all, who else but Tara Strong can voice Bubbles?

Recommendation: For younger gamers the game may be a bit of a challenge, but I think overall all anyone should be able to enjoy it, and there is a lot of back tracking... but it's not a deep game, it's basically a fun beat 'em up, you load it up and have some fun.
Posted: September 13
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
A fun, if somewhat short, metroidvania style game based on one of the most classic Cartoon Network series; what's not to love?

Well there is one thing: the new 'modern' art style, it's awful. Fortunately there's an option to change the visuals to the 'classic' look that we all know and love. I strongly suggest doing that before anything else.

Aside from the new, horrible and completely ignorable art I don't have a lot of complaints about TPPG:DoT. It would have been nice to see a few more unique abilities for each of the girls and have those abilities worked into the game more deeply, but I'm not sure how Bubbles' ability to speak squirrel could be turned into a game mechanic anyway, so it's not a major thing.

Overall a decent game and one that I would definitely recommend to any fan of TPPG or metroidvanias in general.
Posted: June 21
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
This game is actually pretty fun to play through. If you like the old 2D Metroid (not Prime) then you'll like this game since it feels and plays like a Metroid game.
Posted: August 21
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572 of 683 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
I propose to you, those who read this review, that is those who have a steam account, and are able to buy video games and play them, video games being a form of art, which are played for fun and enjoyment, by those that partake in such things, that you should buy this game, that is to say purchase said product, you won't regret it, and no disappointment will follow.

Sincerely, with curses,

Mojo Jojo.
Posted: March 14
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