Release Date: April 3rd, 2013
Developer: The Behemoth
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox Live Arcade] PlayStation Network, PC: Steam
Rated: T for Teen
If you never believed Huey Lewis and the News, you can now believe The Behemoth whom have in fact made it “Hip to be square” in their new title Battleblock Theatre.
Players will take on the roll of a prisoner who became shipwrecked on an Island inhabited by cats. But don’t get all warm and fuzzy just yet these aren’t your ordinary cute and cuddly cats. These cats are super smart and very advanced cats that use their prisoners as a form of entertainment. You will be forced to participate in deadly maps fighting for your life.
Battleblock Theatre, although very “Square” in appearance, is not square at all. At least when it comes to your stereo typical definition of square being boring. Battleblock Theatre is far from boring and offers a large multitude of activities to keep you entertained. Tired of playing solo? Hit up a friend and collect those precious jewels and balls of yarn with a partner. Sick of the in game maps or need more of a challenge? Take the time to create your own levels and then share your creations.
Graphically speaking Battleblock Theatre is nothing special and is your typical arcade game. If you don’t have high expectations you won’t be let down. But this is not to say the graphics suck or are disappointing because that is not the case at all. The graphics are good for what the game is. They are reminiscent of a classic arcade game, cute and simple. It isn’t Skyrim after all.
Gameplay is straight forward. Run through each level collecting as many jewels as you can and find the hidden yarn! “Run” being the key word in that last sentence as your time to complete the level plays a factor in your over score upon completion. If you are obsessed with your scores and items, like me, you may find yourself redoing some levels until that A+ score is achieved.
For all my speed freak friends out there don’t run through the levels so fast that you pass by those jewels and yarn. They are, after all, pretty important. The jewels are used to rescue other prisoners. Wait. Did you think you were the only one? Well there are 300 other prisoners to be exact. All in need of rescuing. And each and every prisoner you rescue is a new character you can play. Next is the yarn. More important than the jewels, in my opinion, as they unlock new weapons for you to utilize while fighting through those deadly levels.
The controls, just like the graphics and gameplay, are also simple. The game cues you as you play through so you can easily learn. And don’t worry about forgetting because some of the buttons continue to pop up above doorways and rooms as you play.
Each level is unique in that they have different environments and increase in difficulty as you play through the game. Your environment is always different with different enemies and challenges for you to over come. You will come across so many things like deadly waters that you can’t swim in, lava rocks that spring you into the air, slippery blocks made of ice, sticky blocks that slow you down, deadly saws and even electricity etc. etc. You will continuously be tested and challenged.
Overall Battleblock Theatre is a must buy. It is a great game to play solo and even better to play with a friend. You have plenty of replay factors in this title, from the collecting of jewels and yarn to the time it takes you to complete each level. Not only will you want to to get A’s and A+’s on all the levels but you will also want to unlock all the characters by rescuing prisoners.
Overall Rating: 4.25/5