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In a world where gritty, macho beat em ups make up a majority of arcade-style side-scrollers, Super Crush KO sets itself apart. With an absolutely gorgeous hand-drawn design combined with a pastel color-palette, the game is a treat to the eyes. Not only that, but the gameplay mixes up themes from Devil May Cry and Guacamelee, and it works absolutely flawlessly. If anything, it might work even better than the aforementioned games in a lot of ways. It’s more action-y than Guacamelee, but easier to handle than DmC, and in my short time with them demo, I was tearing my way through screen after screen of enemies.

Not only do you have a basic combo of light attacks you can perform, you have directional special attacks. These can launch enemies up in the air, away from you, spike them down on the ground, or help you follow up into another attack. You’ve also got a cannon that can be used much like Dante’s pistols to juggle enemies in the air for a second while you catch up to them and beat them down more. This is all aided by a super bubbly soundtrack, and the aforementioned gorgeous visuals.

There were multiple enemy types within the demo too, some of which only had small windows of time in which they can be juggled. Bigger, heavier enemies definitely provide much more of a challenge than smaller enemies that’ll barely have a chance to touch the ground once you’ve got your hands on them. The demo that I got to play unfortunately was pretty short, I wanted so badly to play it for like 20 minutes straight, but alas, that’s why it’s a demo. Be excited for this one, it’s gonna be worth the wait!

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Tags : PAX East 2019Super Crush KO
Nathaniel Smyth

The author Nathaniel Smyth

Born and raised in Plymouth, NH, Nat has been gaming since he was 3 starting on his brother’s Sega Genesis, all the way up to the Xbox One. Well rounded in a range of game genres from beat-em-ups to shooters, to role-playing-games, and more, he’s had a passion for all things gaming as long as he’s been able to hold a controller. While busy with school, sports, working, he still finds time to sit down, play, read up on the latest news, and hunt for deals on new and classic games.