SuperEpic: The Entertainment War Review

A pre-release copy of SuperEpic was provided by the publisher for purpose of review.

SuperEpic: The Entertainment War Review
from r/JoyConReviews

Another Metroidvania finds itself a home on the Nintendo Switch. This time, it’s SuperEpic: The Entertainment War, a game that explores a future where gamers are forced to play nothing but casual, mobile games. It highlights some tropes of the genre while also leaving out the most important one. With that being said, let’s take a look at the joys and cons of SuperEpic.

Interesting Characters and Story

SuperEpic: The Entertainment War delivers a fun, and humorous take on the “war” between gamers and modern game developers. Specifically, developers that like to abuse some of the features made possible in the modern era of gaming. Features such as paid DLC, lootboxes, and addictive gaming mechanics are all brought to light in the quest to take down Regnantcorp. Going up against RegnantCorp, and its cast of interesting villains, are Tantan and Ola, a racoon and llama superteam. Tantan and Ola are classic gamers at heart and vow to put an end to the evil RegnantCorp’s style of game development.

Recognizable Metroidvania Gameplay

Tantan rides on Ola’s back, so they control as a single unit. They jump and move around quite smoothly out of the gate, but also learn new movement tech such as their trusty double jump and dash maneuvers. Certain areas will be gated off until you learn these moves, which is something that Metroidvania fans know quite well. Some of your new movement options will use up your stamina meter, but this meter regenerates as you play, so it’s never a big deal.

Combat in SuperEpic is perhaps the highlight of its gameplay. Tantan can wield three different types of weapons with each type having their own effect in battle. One type of weapon is used for building combos, one is used for uppercutting and juggling enemies, while the last type is used to smash through enemy defenses. Combining the three together makes for some fun and outlandish moments, and can sometimes be necessary to overcome the impressive variety of enemies you’ll meet.

Tantan can buy more powerful weapons with money dropped by foes with each weapon being able to be upgraded by the game’s blacksmith. Tantan and Ola can also buy health and stamina upgrades, as well as accessories that offer a variety of effects, one of which includes buffing up their defense. Tantan and Ola will also collect gems that can be used to buy special rage techniques, but more about that in a moment.

Lacking in Some Areas

Despite controlling well and featuring some light Metroidvania elements, SuperEpic fails to deliver in a few areas.

SuperEpic takes place inside a large game development building, so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to do here besides fighting enemies. Most Metroidvanias keep the player interested by hiding secrets in walls, or through clever use of your abilities. These moments are in short supply in SuperEpic, which makes traversing its large map feel like a chore. The developer has added in elevators that let you quick travel around the map, however, even when using these you’ll have to slog through a number of rooms until you reach your intended destination. It doesn’t help when the majority of the rooms feel familiar.

SuperEpic also disappoints with its boss battles. There is no real strategy involved when battling this game’s cast of villains. Essentially, you can just swipe away at them until they perish. There is some variety in the battles you’ll encounter, however, I feel like more could have been done here.

As mentioned in the previous joy, you can find and collect gems to buy special rage techniques. These techniques are advanced combat moves that require the player to complete fighting game inputs. While these are a cool addition, they add nothing substantial to the overall experience.

Incredible Presentation

SuperEpic may offer a mixed gameplay experience, but that isn’t a word that I’d use to describe its incredible presentation. The game not only impresses with its unique title screen, but also with its beautiful and smart UI decisions. Of course, SuperEpic also features gorgeously crafted pixels that could go toe to toe with the best. Rounding out its presentation package is a great soundtrack that helps set the mood for each area.

Conclusion

SuperEpic: The Entertainment War is an OK choice for those seeking a new Metroidvania experience. While the game won’t topple giants of the genre, it can provide some entertainment if you’ve exhausted other options. There are multiple endings, and an unlockable roguelike mode for those that want to get something more from the game.

Final Score: +2

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