Vertex Pop, developer of Swish Explosion Machine, is again – and it has shifted from 2D shooter to a brawler with spectacular outcomes. In case you’re a pet proprietor, you’ll know the very distinctive bond you might have along with your animal. They’re your greatest buddy, your satisfaction and pleasure, and also you’d do something for them – simply have a look at John Wick. Fortunately, Tremendous Crush KO isn’t fairly as grisly – this brawler trades Keanu for Karen, proprietor of cute (if arguably overfed) cat Chubbz (and no, it’s not the Karen from the unique Swap trailer, earlier than you ask).
Sooner or later, Chubbz is kidnapped by a mysterious assailant, and it’s as much as Karen to avoid wasting her feline buddy by battling by way of waves of robots. If all of this sounds unusual, you ain’t seen nothing but. Karen brawls from left to proper in true old fashioned style, handily laying waste to dozens of enemies directly. Issues begin off good and easy, with our heroine pummelling robots along with her fists earlier than drawing her blaster to deal ranged harm.
Earlier than lengthy, Karen is supplied with the “Tornado Drill”, which, when mixed with the flexibility to focus on enemies in mid-air, permits her to leap from enemy to enemy – earlier than utilizing a Floor Pound to mop up the remaining. Every improve is earned by discovering confectionery and meals merchandise in your journey – like a slice of pizza that unlocks the flexibility to dish out an uppercut, for instance.
Most of those upgrades are earned throughout the first hour – and that’s a very good factor. These skills give Tremendous Crush KO really feel empowering sense of rhythm to fight, and the earlier gamers perceive the innate language of every battle, the earlier Karen is pummelling, capturing, and uppercutting her option to Chubbz. Dodging offers a quick window of invulnerability, and as issues escalate it turns into invaluable. The pièce de résistance is a devastating tremendous beam which might deal huge harm, even to boss battles.
These bigger fights bookend every chapter and steadily enhance in problem. They’re a check of each motion and offensive skills, and with the sport feeling much like Guacemelee (however with out the Metroidvania parts), controls are splendidly responsive. Platforming is pretty minimal in Tremendous Crush KO; it is normally there so as to add slightly additional spice to fight arenas, however spike traps and dissolving platforms can actually wreak havoc on the extra frantic fight ranges – particularly for these chasing an S-Rank.
Every of the sport’s twenty ranges presents leaderboard performance, and the prospect to earn the very best commendation. Factors are earned for various offence and multipliers are misplaced by taking harm – making aggressive, sensible play one of the simplest ways plan of action.
Wherever you play, whether or not on the Swap itself or docked, Tremendous Crush KO is a sumptuous-looking sport. Every locale is comparable by way of perform, however every has its personal distinct flavouring, pulled collectively by a pastel artwork fashion that appears so cool in movement. Add to that nice animations for Karen and clearly telegraphed enemy sorts (of which there are loads), and also you’ve acquired an amazing visible package deal that feels refreshingly laid again (helped by a narrative that’s one of the best sort of nonsense).
It may possibly take time to regulate to Tremendous Crush KO’s art-style, as lots of the stable platforms can truly be shot-through by Karen’s blaster whereas others can’t. It’s a design language that takes a handful of ranges to study, however earlier than lengthy you’ll know precisely who and what you may hit from any given angle.
A particular point out to the sound, too – fight mixes the satisfying thud of touchdown punches with the rat-a-tat-tat of a blaster to create virtually a second soundtrack over the shimmering synths that sit low within the combine. In case you’re enjoying on the go, attempt Tremendous Crush KO with headphones and thank us later.
The largest detrimental about the entire expertise is its brevity. Like so many examples of the style, Tremendous Crush KO is over all too shortly, and whereas it is an actual blast whereas it lasts, it is a disgrace that slightly extra content material could not have been included to maintain you glued to your display.
Whichever method you play, Vertex Pop has performed it once more. Not not like Karen’s varied meals treats that power-up her transfer set, Tremendous Crush KO presents short-term satisfaction but it surely’s very candy whereas it lasts. Regardless of the compactness of the expertise, it appears nice and performs even higher – so what are you ready for? Go forth and save your kitty.