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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Developed by: Namco Bandai Games

Published by: Namco Bandai Games

Reviewed by: Jordan C.

So, the cult ‘80s cartoon Thundercats got rebooted with an anime look, plenty of nods to the original, and a much less juvenile humour. Awesome! What comes next? Well, a 2D side-scroller for DS of course!! Okay, I know that is not what anybody was thinking. A 3D RPG for 3DS, maybe. But a 2D side-scroller for DS, really? I mean, even a game for the oft-slighted Kinect (something where you swing the Sword of Omens around) would have been more feasible than this DS-only title.

Now, having said all that, I had quite a bit of fun playing this DS Thundercats title on my 3DS. The gameplay is nothing fancy but incorporates most of the classic side-scroller elements. There is the standard jump, attack, jump-attack, multiple attack combo, super-attack (where the Sword of Omens shoots a giant beam of energy), and assists where Tygra, Cheetara, Wily Kit and Wily Kat, or Panthro enter the fray to either help fight or drop food and goodies. The graphics aren’t anything to write home about but you will recognize the characters. And the soundtrack is that annoying type of midi usually associated with early side-scrollers. I just turn the 3DS down to 0. The gameplay here is not hard but you do have to pay attention and play through the later levels a couple of times to finish them. The bosses like Slithe and Mumm-Ra provide a challenge that is fun and not frustrating.

I’m not going to tell you to rush out and buy this title but if you are a Thundercats fan, or are just still stuck on a DS, give this a go.

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