The rebooted classic.
There’s a good chance that Battletoads is only known by some of us ‘older’ folks – it is the original 90s game that featured anthropomorphic toads that came at a time at the height of the popularity of similar franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The 2020 version of the Battletoads retains the side-scrolling concept but with updated animations and improved gameplay that try to bring back the nostalgic elements of the original. This reboot brings in the same gameplay styles but adds different bits of other activities that include some mini-games. While it can be entertaining at times, the overall effects aren’t as fun as I hoped it would be.
The brawl stage is what Battletoads is good at – you kick and punch the enemies with a couple of boss fights thrown in. Up to three players can play in coop mode, playing the main characters Rash, Pimple, and Zitz. It would be if there was an online multiplayer mode, and its glaring omission is one of the things we didn’t like about the game.
Still, the hand-drawn cartoonish aesthetic is a welcome change, and the animation works well during gameplay. That being said some of the characters can be annoying at times and the jokes usually fall flat. You can argue that Battletoads was made for kids, though the characters are more well-known for adults.
Overall, the simple gameplay and coop missions should be enough for you to enjoy Battletoads on a fine weekend morning – but that’s about it.
+ Decent gameplay
+ Great animation
We Didn’t Really Like:
– No online multiplayer
– Forced humor
Final Rating: 3/5