Saturday, May 16, 2020
"Megabyte Punch" Review
Retro thrills abound in "Megabyte Punch," an exciting if simplistic romp through 16-bit style environments.
Eight years after its initial release on PC, the game loses none of its old-school charm. It still feels like a game straight out of the mid-90s -- which I do mean as a compliment.
Taking cues from the likes of "Mega Man" and "Strider," developer Reptile plunges into the past to build a modernization of retro side-scroller principles.
As you progress, you add upgrades and enhancements that extend your range, agility and ability to deal damage.
Set in a digital universe, you play as a robotic warrior depending its village from attack by a marauding empire.
Each level is segmented into three stages that end with a boss fight. As you slay combatants, you snatch up their tech and add it to your arsenal.
Four-player multiplayer ratchets up the intensity level and goofiness, with wall-jumping and brick-shattering punches filling the screen with mayhem.
"Megabyte Punch" fits in squarely into the Switch niche, packing a wallop in throwback charm.
Publisher provided review code.