While more of an evolution than revolution from its predecessor, some refinements, new weapons, and enemies improve it nicely
As always, I’ll open with a full disclosure that I’ve never been much of a fan of MegaMan… and that is a fact that undoubtedly taints my view of a game so obviously inspired by that style of play. So please, if you love MegaMan take my thoughts with a grain of salt and probably add a point or more. However, if you are at least a bit indifferent to the series this may be more helpful than from people who adore that classic series… so it will just depend on your tastes. Anyway, here are my thoughts. Conceptually taking the MegaMan formula and applying roguelike elements to it is a smart one. I also really appreciate the fact that from the get-go you’re able to choose between a more ranged shooting character and one whose focus is more close-quarters and melee as a base. Both characters have their strengths and weaknesses depending on the types of stages, enemies, and bosses, but the fact that the game has such a variety of power-ups to consider then greatly assists in making the game play and feel the way you like. Keeping in mind that this is roguelike it may not always shake out how you’d like, but it does do a great job of keeping you learning and adapting regardless. In general there’s definitely a learning curve with how best to get through stages, avoid traps, and deal with different enemies and bosses. Initially it can feel a bit intimidating and you’ll make mistakes, but the more you play the more you’ll get into a groove. I do appreciate the ability to choose between the more roll-the-dice level progression of the normal mode and another that takes the challenge down a step, so on a general level I’d say accessibility is pretty well addressed, at least for a roguelike. All of these details aside, I really do think that because of its general style and inspiration the driving force in whether you should definitely pick it up versus just consider it is the MegaMan tie, there’s no separating it from this game and I think that really makes it a hit or miss depending on your tastes.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.1]