Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Game of the Day - Captain America and the Avengers
Capt America is just about at the apex of popularity for games I'll feature. Essentially, if you are a little older, you probably played it in the arcades, and if you are a little younger, you probably never bothered with it on MAME. Because of that, it is necessary for me to feature it as today's GOTD, for if you haven't tried it, you are missing out. (You can see a little more about determining a game's popularity here.)
CaptAmer is a beat-'em-up featuring several favorite Marvel comic characters that is well done enough to give you the feeling that you are actually playing a comic book from the inside. The characters are relatively small, giving a feeling of vastness to the screens and backgrounds, and allowing for great animation even though this game was made when graphics were still not top notch. The cartoon style and the rich colors, enemies and backgrounds make it a visual feast only rivaled by the great gameplay.
There are two buttons you fight with along with the joystick - attack and jump. But it's not as limiting as you might think. Each character has special moves based on button combos and joystick moves and more importantly, the context and position of the current fight. Moreover, each character also has a special attack (Capt Amer throws his shield, Iron Man sends out a beam, etc.) when you push both buttons at the same time. Combine this with jumping and adept maneuvering for all kinds of crazy-cool fighting. The enemies are cool and imaginative and some of them are uber-difficult. And, occasionally, you get help from non-player characters for some good tag-team action.
Wait, but that's not all (just like the infomercials say), there are actually levels where the gameplay changes and it becomes a horz shooter. You can see in the pics accompanying this post. And lo and behold, it's a damn fine horz shooter at that.
So CaptAmer is a great comic book beat-em-up with sumptuous graphics, fun fighting and horz shooting thrown in for good measure. It should not be missed.