Who do you call when the world is in danger and the best super heroes are busy? This is the question that 88 Heroes by BitMap Bureau Tackles. 88 Heroes revolves around the number 88. It is the number of heroes you are able to play as. It is also the number of seconds you have to beat each level, and the amount of levels in the game overall.
The heroes are part of what makes this game great. Each of the 88 heroes you control have a variety of powers and personalities, or totally lack them. There are also some “heroes” who are just your average Joe, trying to be Batman without the tech. Many of them resemble prominent characters from the past twenty years; Mario, The Microsoft Office Question Mark, Al Capone, Nyan Cat, and many more.
The core concept of the game is rather simple, At 8 minutes past 8 on the 8th August 1988, the world teeters on the brink of total annihilation! Dr. H8’s demands are simple. Pay 88 octillion dollars within 88 hours or 88 thermo-nuclear warheads pointed directly at Earth will be launched. Each time you start a new level or die, you spawn as one of the random 88 Heroes. Once that character has died, it is removed from your pool and the character counter drops by one. You play until you have beaten all 88 levels of the game, or you run out of heroes. You are able to also collect coins throughout the game, and once you have collected 88, you are able to bring one hero back to your pool that has died.
The heroes in the game are great, some more so than others. One of my personal favorite were BatBot- a Batman helicopter that freezes time as long as he is stationary. Other favorites include someone on a jackhammer which helps you break through maps, and a zombie who as long as you drop his head, allows you to respawn in at his head as many times as you remember to drop it. One of the more amusing things in regards to this game, is that it shows you how many heroes you lost during a particular stage. It likes to rub failure in your face a bit, but in a humorous way.
The level design is really unique and gets progressively harder as you would expect. There are times where I would run in circles, only to find that if I had a different hero, it would make it so much easier. So I would simply kill my current one, and hope I got one more appropriate.
My only complaint of the entire game, is as you play, your camera is sitting behind the alien who is threatening Earth. Which would be fine on its own, however, there are other aliens that come in and out of frame, sometimes with effects that cloud the gameplay screen. At times it was too busy and distracting.
88 Heroes is a fun, unique platformer, that does not leave you stuck with one character that you do not like. You have 88 seconds per level, to beat 88 levels, with 88 lives.
Final Score: 9.5/10
- Unique Characters
- Great Level Design
- Overall a fun game
- The random aliens that walk around the bottom of the screen, that serve really no purpose.
88 Heroes launches on March 24th on Playstation 4, Xbox One and Steam on March 24th.