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What is it? An enjoyable brawler influenced by comic book iconography.
Expect to pay: $15/£11
Developer: Upstream Arcade
Publisher: Square Enix Collective
Reviewed on: Intel i7-5500U, 16Gb RAM, GeForce GTX 960
Multiplayer: Two-player co-op
Link: Official site
In a cel-shaded British ’70s, charming and snappily dressed heroes struggle against a cabal of dastardly villains. Deadbeat Heroes‘ understated story acts as a reward for completing missions, and I had a chuckle at the frost villain’s pun-filled anecdotes about her ex-lovers, but this isn’t a game you play for its detailed narrative or characters. This is an arcadey brawler where civilians requiring rescue are literally just timed wads of cash scattered around a level, worth 500 points if you save them.
It’s the kind of pacey action game where it’s important to know what each opponent can do at a glance. Goons come in different colors, and hold a range of weapons. Some can be engaged from any direction, while…