After a job well done with Castle Crashers, The Behemoth’s boys continue to improve this time bringing on Xbox Live an exceptional platform, enriched by elements puzzles and beat ‘em up. BattleBlock Theater is an experience especially in the company, a title can be deep but also light and fun, a way as any to spend an afternoon with friends but also a hardcore game that requires a lot of precision.
In BattleBlock Theater everything revolves around a very simple concept: jump and avoid. This basic formula is the cornerstone of any security platformer and it is one on which the developers have decided to create the gameplay of their latest effort videogame.
In the shoes of beings from humanoid form and customizable in many aspects of their look, the single player campaign of BattleBlock Theater sees us prisoners in a maximum security complex run by cats. Our task is to escape from the prison and at the same time try to save our cellmates. But how? Simple: overcoming the different levels of the game, specially prepared by the cunning feline as a kind of theater to cheer sadistic as many balls of fur. Each level consists of an entry point and an exit point, with six inside green diamonds and a ball of gold. To open the exit will raise at least half of the diamonds and everything else is optional. The task seems deceptively simple, but in the end, as they progress in the different schemes, it becomes increasingly complex and difficult. The level design, impeccable as always from the developer in California, in fact offers many elements able to bring your character to death. Laser beams, ice blocks, ramps and invisible platforms are just some of the variables with which we face. Added to this is also a logical component given by a series of puzzles that exploit mainly the laws of physics are simple but still be able to tease the mind of those who are playing.
The developers have also added some enemies to hinder your collection of gems. Fortunately we have the ability to attack with punches and kicks, but above all, with a number of gadgets that we can unlock by spending gold balls collected within the black market.
Completed the single player campaign, we can try the multiplayer experience or their imagination thanks to the level editor that Behemoth has made available to users. In the first case we are faced with a number of game modes ranging from variants competitive all against all others in which is crucial to group together with other players in order to prevail over their opponents. Different matter that concerns the ability to create levels to share later on the network with the community. Thanks to an intuitive interface and very easy to assimilate, create a game plan is quick and rewarding experience, enriched by the many possibilities that are offered in terms of content.
On the technical side the title uses the tried and tested 2D engine already used in previous productions of the house of development. This means a very high attention to detail, but rather a way extremely humorous as usual the software house will make you laugh on more than one occasion. In support of this humorous vein, especially for the single player campaign, there is a voiceover narration that tells tones not just the serious events taking place as we continue the story.
If you’re a fan of the genre or platform of previous work of these developers, you can not miss this game.