Everyone has watched the Nickelodeon series. With so many cartoons, it was only a matter of time before famous characters were thrown together in a crossover game. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is just a jumble of Nickelodeon characters against each other in a platform fighter like Smash Bros. The only question is whether Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a platform fighter who can match Smash Bros.
Secretly more technical than expected
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a platform fighter. This means that your goal is not to reduce your opponent’s hit points, but to kick your opponent out of the ring by swiping them over one of the four sides of the screen. You can do this with different attacks unique to each character. You can also damage your opponents. The more damage the opponent inflicts, the lighter he becomes and the easier it is to knock him out of the ring. So, the mechanisms are very similar to those of Smash Bros.
All the different characters are recognizable in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl and each has an elaborate mix of attacks. Each character has a quick attack that allows you to create combos, a powerful attack that allows you to knock your opponents away, and a special attack unique to each character. These three attacks can be combined with moving your joystick in one of the four cardinal directions and can also be performed in the air. In addition, each character can also make a suspension or a ban. The various attacks also have a kind of paper-scissors mechanic where the strong attacks are strong against down attacks, down attacks are strong against side attacks and side attacks are strong against upside attacks. For a fighter platform that looks like it’s mainly intended for casual gamers, the fighting game mechanics are pretty deep, so there’s something to come out of for the more die-hard fighting game players as well.
All the stars, but not with all the stars
The action in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is fast and chaotic. This is especially noticeable when you play with more than two players. A total of four characters can join a match, but Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is even more fun when you play one-on-one against each other. This can be done online in a dedicated lobby, in Quick Play matches or in Ranked, and offline with multiplayer on the same screen. The big problem with this is the lack of costumes/skins or other color palettes in the game. If you choose Spongebob as a character with four players, you will see the same Spongebob four times on the screen, so it’s just guessing which tiles you control. In addition to the old fighting game, there is also an Arcade mode in the game. Here you play against the computer to unlock artwork for your gallery and music for your music box. There is also a sports mode in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. The goal here is to hit a ball through your opponent’s goal. Unfortunately, a training method to try out the countless different skills of the characters is missing.
Speaking of missing things, we’re now in the review phase where I’m going to tell you about the things that are unfortunately less rosy about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. The game features a roster of twenty different fighters who come from thirteen different series. Think Spongebob Squarepants, Avatar Aang, Nigel Thornberry, and Danny Phantom. However, other well-known Nickelodeon series were not represented. For example, I expected characters from Jimmy Neutron, Fairly Odd Parents, Rocket Power, Angry Beavers, and Rocko’s Modern Life. These will likely be added via DLC, but it’s still weird not to see Jimmy Neutron and Timmy Turner, for example, while Rugrats’ Reptar, Ahhh’s Oblina!! Real monsters and April O’Neill can be seen from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. By the way, Leonardo and Michelangelo are the only turtles in the game. Raphael and Donatello are also not part of the list.
It’s quiet on the other side
Missing characters aren’t the biggest problem with Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. So it is very easy to fix this by adding new characters over time through DLC. However, the painfully noticeable thing is the lack of music from the series and the lack of sound overs. You have thirteen popular cartoon series, each with an iconic intro song, but none of them can be heard on stage. In addition, no character has their own lines or sounds during combat. Each fight feels incredibly calm and all the different character’s attacks look the same. This is a large part of the finish missing and it is painfully noticeable that there is a lot of paint missing. This is a shame, because the mechanics are good and the game looks good too. Various characters have been successfully converted from 2D to 3D and the different stages are beautifully and colorfully designed. However, some courses are more successful and of more creative design than others.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a well-crafted platform fighting game. The action is fast and smooth and the fighting mechanics are simple enough for casual players, but it also has an amazing amount of depth that will also delight hardcore fighting game players. The well-known characters and their accompanying stages were beautifully designed and the transition from 2D to 3D was a success. Unfortunately, we can see from all sides that it lacks sophistication. For example, there are not a number of very popular characters and series in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, which might convince some fans to buy the game. The biggest minus is the lack of well-known voice acting and music from the series we all know. Also, the lack of a training mode and lack of costumes or a different color palette so you can distinguish between different characters when everyone chooses the same fighter are things you really can’t ignore. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a great fighting platformer with potential, but it still lacks a few points.
- Fast and smooth work
- In-depth combat mechanics
- Beautiful 3D graphics
- No popular sound or music
- There is no practice mode
- There are no other colors for the same letters
- Featured characters and series are missing