Welcome to our Creepy Brawlers review. Creepy Brawlers was originally released for the NES console back in 2017 (yes you read that right) and has now found its way to the latest Nintendo system the Nintendo Switch.
- Creepy Brawlers
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, NES
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Mega Cat Studios
- Publisher: Mega Cat Studios
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: October 24th, 2019
- Price: £4.00 (U.K) $4.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K) E10+(U.S)
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The story for Creepy Brawlers is a rather well thought out one that sees players take on the role of an unnamed boxer as he fights monsters from the movies of yesterday such as Dracula and the Wolfman. Seemingly confused the untitled main character doesn’t realize he’s fighting actual monsters. Before and after each fight the plot is put together using dialogue which often contains some cheesy lines but none the less helps put the story together.
Taking its inspiration from Punch-Out!! Creepy Brawlers uses a back view of your character and has you punching, dodging, and blocking attacks in order to gain victory. Rather impressively and similar to Punch-Out!! the game’s monsters can predict your attacks and moves so you’ll have to vary your play style in order to get through the game’s challenging fights.
Since the game is quite challenging it’s good to see that the developers have included a training mode that allows you to practice fighting each of the monsters featured in the game giving you the opportunity to learn each of their attack patterns.
Pattern learning is the key to success in this game’s fights and as you play through you’ll find each fight gets tougher, even though the first fights start off tough anyway. It’s my only real gripe with this game as I prefer things to start off easy and then get harder as I play, not start off hard and get even harder, as I use to easiest parts to get used to the game.
Controls for Creepy Brawlers are rather straight forward with the A and B buttons acting as your left (B) and right (A) punch buttons, whilst pulling the left stick down diagonally in either direction causes the character to step back diagonally to dodge and pushing it up causes him to block. You can also use a supercharged jab attack that can be activated by smoothly pulling off a dodge maneuver in time with an attack.
The most incredible thing about Creepy Brawlers is that it started off its life as an NES game, but not back in the old days of the NES, nope in fact only as recent as 2017. Yes if you still own an NES console you’ll be happy to know you can purchase this on a cartridge and use it in your NES, just as you would any official cartridge, although you’ll need to be prepared to spend a bit more money at $39.99. In all honesty, that price is really only attractive if you’re someone who’s serious about their NES, but for me, the £4.00/$4.99 price tag is more representative of what this game is worth.
Being a modern-day NES game the graphics are fairly decent but obviously not up to the standards of today’s modern hardware. That said though, the game looks sharp on the Switch display and just as good on a 1080p display.
In conclusion, Creepy Brawlers is an ok take on a modern-day NES game and has been well ported to the Switch system creating a link between both the old days and the modern days. It plays well although it starts off a bit too hard for my full liking.
That concludes our Creepy Brawlers review. If you wish to purchase the game on Nintendo Switch check out the links below.