There’s a new platformer in town. Welcome to the wacky world of 88 Heroes. With a plot sounding like something straight out of an Austin Powers movie, 88 Heroes grabs you by the short and curlies.
The game starts with a fast-paced barrage of gibberish explaining what 88 Heroes is about. The number 88 figures quite a lot in this 2D retro style platformer. Let me explain. At 8 minutes past 8 on the 8th of August 1988, the world teeters on the brink of total annihilation. A Mr. DR8 demands 88 something dollars to stop him launching 88 thermo nuclear warheads at Earth. Your job is simple. Stop him.
There are 88 rooms to conquer, Oh and you only have 88 minutes to do so. With other normal run of the mill platformers, you would play with one character. Not here. Where 88 Heroes becomes its unique and cunning self is that each character, or I should I say hero, is randomly generated. And of cause there are, wait for it, 88 of them. From Laser Kittie, to Lord Fistycuffs to Rick Roll aka Rick Astley, they don’t really sound like comic book heroes, and they’re not. Each hero is as hilarious as the last and each one comes with their own skills and abilities that may help or hinder your plight. Some have weapons, some float and some even stick to the wall or carry ladders? But rest assured, this feature does make 88 Heroes a total blast to play and you never know what’s coming next. If you don’t like a hero you’ve been dealt, simple, just hit detonate and a totally new hero takes his place.
The premise is to reach the end of the room There is a door situated somewhere that leads to the next. You’ll die a lot. Each room has different features that cause a quick death. Spikes, lasers, and henchmen hunting you down is just some of the mayhem that make for a variety of entertaining ways to fail. Dying is actually fun though, and seeing which hero you’re going to play next is part of the charm. But dying does slow down your progress as, remember, you only have 88 minutes to save the world.
There are multiple game modes including Magnificent 8 which lets you choose a team of 8 heroes to tackle the entire game with and Solo mode which let’s you pick just one hero and survive for as long as possible. For trophy hunters there are 37 trophies and a Platinum to heroically aim for.
In a sea of platformers out there, UK developer Bitmap Bureau’s 88 Heroes comes as a refreshing and awesome addition. Behind all the comical jargon there’s a serious platformer going on. With all the 8’s flying around it’s not a surprise that I’m scoring this one a…9.
Lizard Rating 9/10
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