Review: Battletoads (2020) – SENSES

Colorful, fast-paced and really fun when Battletoads makes a comeback!

When I reviewed Spielberg’s gamer film Ready Player One, I mentioned that Battletoads appear during the final battle and thus it was shown that they were not forgotten. So which are then Battletoads are you sure? Well it is Rash, Zits and Pimple which are three battle toads on a mission to save the world from various dangers. If their looks and character are reminiscent of certain, teenage, ninja turtles, it’s entirely on purpose. For Battletoads which saw the light of day for the first time in 1991 is created as a plagiarism of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesgames, which were immensely popular at the time.

Battletoads - Rare - Xbox game studios - Screenshot Xbox one X - 4K - copyright 2020

I have not played the classic original game from Rare (on the NES) and so far it has not appeared on Nintendo Switch Online, so I can not compare whether the new game is a sequel, a reboot or a remake. In any case, we get into it quickly Battletoads 2020 and the whole thing is colorful, fast-paced and really fun. Good voice actors have been found and the dialogue is quick and fun.

Battletoads - Rare - Xbox game studios - Screenshot Xbox one X - 4K - copyright 2020

Once we get started and start playing, I really recognize myself. This is the same layout as the classic ones TMNT, Double Dragon and Final Fightgames. You go from left to right and fight against a seemingly never-ending source of enemies. After a while, you meet a boss who you have to figure out a bit about how to take cabbage because they are quite tough (especially when it later turns out that they become two identical bosses, at the same time.) When you die, one of dina Battletoadfriends over and the game continues. There is a timer that reactivates defeated heroes, but in you do not die quickly, three times in a row there is no stopping life as this is the arcade version. So the game is not over until you get tired and want to do something else.

Battletoads - Rare - Xbox game studios - Screenshot Xbox one X - 4K - copyright 2020

It’s also the game’s only real weakness: it gets insanely repetitive after a while. Had wanted a little more special moves like the characters do. The three different toads certainly have different skills and special attacks, but on the whole it is about the same all the time. It’s a little fun to be able to use your tongue to both eat flies (which provide energy) and also attract enemies, which are too far away. You also vary the fighting with racing tracks, which are crazy difficult but where you are offered immortality if you die in the same sequence too many times in a row.

Battletoads - Rare - Xbox game studios - Screenshot Xbox one X - 4K - copyright 2020

In summary, that is Battletoads a fun update visually, but feels a bit like the same thing mechanically – and there has been a lot in almost 30 years. If you love the beat’em-up genre, you will love this. I’m not a mega-fan myself of said genre, but like Battletoads yet so much that I want to recommend it!