Welcome to our Underhero review. A unique and fun-packed action platformer game that parodies some of the classics from back in the old days of gaming.
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Paper Castle Games
- Publisher: Paper Castle Games
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 12th February 2020
- Price: £13.99 (U.K) $13.59 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 7 (U.K) T (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Underhero starts off by telling you how brave of a hero you are as you march forth to a final boss fight with the game’s protagonist, Mr. Stitches. This is the moment and you’re about to finally do it, you’re about to take down the evil boss, well you were about to until you find yourself crushed to death and no longer alive. With said hero now dead it’s time to meet his replacement, who just happens to be the minion who kills him.
In a twist and a half, the killer minion is now tasked with becoming the very hero he killed and must go against his Boss, Mr. Stitches with the help of a magical talking sword. As confusing as it all sounds Underhero features a humorous and well-written story that hits all of the right notes.
A platformer, Underhero is all about progressing through levels by solving puzzles to unblock areas and allow progression. Rather pleasingly the levels are well thought out with exploration in mind instead of just a basic path to follow.
Adding a unique twist to the platform genre the developers have opted to use an RPG like battle system rather than a simple jump or hit with a weapon as you walk through the levels.
Whilst a good idea and certainly a way to make the game feel different from similar titles, I’m not a huge fan of the game’s battle system. It feels like a chore as you have an energy system in place that feels like it takes a while to replenish, especially as you sit there and watch your character puffing and panting as he takes more hits and ultimately more damage.
It’s not made much better by weapons such as the slingshot which must be used for flying enemies. Given the speed some of the enemies attack at, it can be a pain in the ass to hit them before they move.
There is a block system in play and it’s one that works really well as used properly it can be a valuable asset when it comes to successfully beating your enemies. A well-timed dodge will stagger your enemy temporarily and give you an upper hand. The other system is a shield that can take so many hits before needing to be repaired, however, a well-timed block with it means it won’t take damage for that hit.
If a battle is seeming too annoying it is possible to escape but only by bribing the enemy and this is done by tapping the Dualshock 4’s touchpad. There’s no set amount of money and you can easily find you’ve thrown all your money at the enemy and it simply isn’t enough, which means you have to stay and fight.
Boss fights are better in the sense that they mix traditional platforming fights with the RPG system. This means the boss fights feature a mixture of running around and wearing the boss out while avoiding its attacks before entering the battle screen and causing damage.
Underhero is a brilliant platformer, but it’s far from perfect especially when it comes to its battle system which is a great touch but poorly executed.
That concludes our Underhero review. To purchase the game on PlayStation 4 check out the links below.