I love Cartoon Network and its many shows, but let’s be honest, most of their games aren’t the best out there. I can’t tell you how long I’ve hoped for a decent Adventure Time or Regular Show game to come along, only to be disappointed time and again. It seems like they’ve finally listened to fans and their feedback, because they finally got something right with Capybara Games at the helm of OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes. Fans of the show and those who like brawler beat-em-ups are sure to get KO’d by this one, but in a good way.
For those who don’t follow the hit series, it follows a boy K.O. who lives in a world where superheroes are everywhere and he does his best to fit in while striving to be the greatest hero there is. The villain of the series and game is Lord Boxman who runs a box shop across from the Lakewood Strip Mall where most of the action takes place. When some new POW cards are released that reflect how great each hero is in real time (their stats increase as they do heroic deeds, etc), K.O. is super excited to collect them. But Lord Boxman takes over the company that makes them and resets all the their stats to zero, leaving K.O. to help out his heroes as best he can while possibly being on his way to becoming an official hero and earning his own POW card.
Cartoon Network made a good call bringing in Capybara Games (Super Time Force, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP) to make this one, as I have to admit this is the first game I’ve played that’s based on any of their shows that doesn’t feel disappointing. If anything, it’s the best title I’ve played in a long time that’s based off a TV series. The controls and movement are smooth and simple, as you have basic attack, jump and dodge roll buttons, and you’re able to call in a hero to help you out once you get a POW card assigned to a button. Once you’ve dealt enough damage and have taken some as well, the card’s energy will fill up and you can use it to cause some serious damage to enemies. There’s also power-ups to collect and more as you make your way through the battles.
The gameplay is pretty fun as you’re constantly running around the mall/bodega talking to and interacting with characters from the show such as Enid who’s like an older sister to K.O., the alien teenager Radicles who is all about his precious van, and even Mr.Gar who has muscles on his muscles and is the leader/supervisor of sorts. More often than not these characters will have a mission or task for K.O. to do that involves beating up some robots from Lord Boxman’s company Boxmore, and have you return to the character to complete the quest. While Capybara’s simplistic art style might turn off newcomers and fans of the series, I quickly took a liking to it as it’s clean and works well in the game. I also noticed things tend to move at a buttery smooth 60 frames per second which is always a plus in my book. Fans will be happy to know all of their favorite characters are voiced by the same actors from the show, so it always feels like you’re playing an unaired season of the series.
Fans of the show and those who like beat-em-up, RPG-ish titles will want to step up and join the fight in OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes. It’s a perfect match to the show as everything from the graphics and sound, to the fun-filled gameplay that make it one of the best (if not the best) video game tie-ins of a TV series yet. So go ahead and play a hero in this knockout hit of a gem.