I don’t think there’s many who would deny that there’s something inherently fascinating about cross-overs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers. While such cool instances don’t always happen in the video game space, Cartoon Network Battle Crashers still manages to tap into this undeniable coolness. Admittedly, it cheats a little bit by pulling from a celebrated catalogue of popular Saturday morning television shows.
Now, don’t worry, I haven’t gone insane. It’s not a new game, but being ten years older than my next closest sibling forced me into a state of nostalgia this week, as we shared in the co-op experience provided by this colourful side-scrolling beat ‘em up. What impressed me most about Cartoon Network Battle Crashers, is that it’s anything but the usual cash grab fare you’d typically expect to find with a licence game. Rather, while the gameplay is admittedly very basic, the attention to detail develop Magic Pockets took the time to put in reaches a level that easily rivals that of the TV shows themselves.
No longer is it enough that the young minds of today get to enjoy a quality of animation that makes that of Johnny Bravo to shame. No, they go ahead and relish in the pure delight that comes with avoiding the utterly terrible TV show licensed games we were forced through. So, how does Cartoon Network Battle Crashers actually play? Well as mentioned earlier, the game is primarily a Streets of Rage-style button-masher, whereupon waves and waves of familiar foes try their luck. Supporting up to four players, you can flick your way through a choice of characters like Uncle Grandpa, Finn and Jake, and Regular Show’s Rigby mid-level to help keep the action fresh.
The Nintendo Switch port graced the system in October of last year, and I have no shame in admitting that I’m glad this poorly-received game was able to undergo a second wind. So, while the game was unfavourably reviewed when it was initially released, this isn’t the kind of game I go to when wanting to experience deep gameplay. The art-style is vibrant, the character’s move sets quite charming, and overall I found myself quite jealous that my cartoon heroes weren’t able to enjoy a similar video game treatment during my childhood.
Cartoon Network Battle Crashers has allowed me to re-connect with my younger sister through games on a level that I previously thought not possible. Dragonball FighterZ might be the current Tv video game phenomenon everyone’s currently gushing over, meanwhile I can’t way to get back mowing my way through banana guards in the Land of Ooo.