Mega Man fans rejoice! While you might not be getting the next great chapter in the epic blue man-machine saga, you will be getting the next best thing with League Of Evil. In fact, those that will appreciate this game the most are the ones that remember Mega Man in the “good old days” when he roamed the circuits of the fabled NES. Of course anyone that loves a retro styled, challenging platform game should be able to sink their teeth into this gem.
You play a cyborg that must defend the world from the League Of Evil. All the trademark platform perils are present – spinning hammers of death, electrified pits, guards that run back and forth aimlessly until you’re in their view, and much more. As for the hero, you’ll be able to jump, double jump, slide down walls, and shoot the pesky villains that get in your way. There are no special weapons or power ups to be found, which is a bit disappointing, but it only marginally lessens the fun.
The graphics are pure NES era, complete with blocky landscapes and pixelated characters. There’s no high-tech here, and it suits me just fine. The sound effects and music follow the trend, and it’s especially endearing when it comes to the music. There’s something about the sound of chip tunes that can’t be beat, no matter how grand modern scores are.
I don’t normally get into lite versions of games, but since I won an advanced promo code for this one off of Twitter I decided to give it a go. I’ve actually played enough to beat all 8 levels, most of them with both 3 gold stars and the suitcase. Needless to say, I’ll be checking the full version out when it arrives on February 3rd. I’ll probably even do a full review.