Do you like beat'em ups like Golden Axe, even Battle Toads, or Streets of Rage, any kind of arcade button masher? Love kick ♥♥♥ music from 80s/90s video games and music? Do you love to wreck a mother ♥♥♥♥er? Then read this.
I didn't expect much since I got this in a bundle of games but it has knocked my socks off.
The art is totally like a comic book you'd read in the late 80s and the environments are so well designed, they almost look like illustrations from the "Heavy Metal" magazine, though the character designs are a bit more modern, and did I mention the music rocks ♥♥♥ and kicks your ears in the face?
This is a game made for older gamers or people who like older things. The sense of humor is adult, hilarious, and full of references, with more than one to Monty Python and and a load of jabs at the games that inspired Eye of Draconus, the wit is just so great. The voice acting is good too and the actors have great timing, they made me bust a gut.
The gameplay itself is your standard beat'em-up from the 80s and 90s, but leaning more toward Golden Axe. You move all directions, have an attack move, a jump, and jump attack of course, a grab button to pick up food and power-ups, and you have a special ability button that does cool attack varying by character, the Wizard's special ability is especially funny but I don't want to spoil it. You also come across enemies with mounts which you can steal and use for a while. You even get the sword sign that says when to "GO", and the controls are sooo smooth. Did I mention the music?
You get to pick from three characters: The Barbarian, the Wizard, and the Thief. Each character, of course, has unique abilities and their special moves are all varied and fun. The characters themselves(and voice actors) as I said before are great, absolutely spectacular. The jokes are top notch, and did I mention the awesome music?
The game also boasts smooth local play but apparently the online COOP is waiting for a patch and isn't very functional at this point. Like most beat'em-ups from the old days it get's pretty mindless and repetitive, but that's part of the fun. The music is awesome too.
The game is pretty short but it makes for a lot of play throughs with all your friends, so it's kind of a good thing and kind of a bad thing, but the gameplay is well paced though and the difficulty dosen't jump from stage to stage. Plus the awesome music helps to keep you in that mind setting of destroying everything on screen.
So, I would definitely recommend getting this game if you like the sound of what I described, and if you grew up in the 80s/90s you will definitely not be disappointed by the amazing nostalgia factor.
9/10 (1 extra point for nostalgia)