Mortal Kombat Meets Street Fighter
“Finish them! Fatality!” Yes, I’m sure we all remember Mortal Kombat. I’m sure we all remember Street Fighter, too. Otherworld Legends has elements of both games minus the memorable characters or nostalgia. Developer Chillyroom has crafted a third-person action brawler that may remind some gamers of the great Nintendo classics of yesteryear. Otherworld Legends may not reach the heights of Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, but it is moderately enjoyable with plenty of martial arts madness.
Lack of Substance, Enemies and Leveling Up
One big problem with Otherworld Legends is, as far as plot, a lack of substance. Confused by what I mean? Well, I’m saying there isn’t much of a plot at all. Players take control of kung-fu master, Quan Huying, and are tasked with traversing different rooms where they will battle a variety of foes. It’s really that simplistic. As fun as that might be for some gamers, in an age where gameplay has become more sophisticated, others may find it to be frustrating and long for something more robust. However, if that’s your cup of tea then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!
For a game that may be simplistic on plot, there is a bit of variety with enemies. Adversaries lurk in almost every area you explore. Players travel to an area and, upon entering, may encounter multiple enemies at one time. Most are easily dispatched with a few taps of the attack icon that allows Huying to unleash a flurry of rapid punches and kicks. Other opponents are a little stronger and may require special attacks to defeat them. These special attacks can help you out of sticky situations when dealing with numerous foes. Use them wisely! There is a cooldown period after each use. As for types of enemies, there are several. You get toads that spit acid, Japanese soldiers with muskets, ninjas, ghosts, caterpillars and even ninjas riding frogs! Of course, all of that is just a precursor to test your mettle for the boss battles that happen later.
Leveling up is easy. You traverse, you fight enemies, you level up. The higher your level the better your chances of dealing with regular enemies and bosses. I mean, what could be easier than that? It would be nice if leveling up was always that simple.
Bosses, Coins, Gems, Rubies and Resurrection Cards
Remember earlier when I talked about boss fights? Well, that may be where Otherworld Legends shines brightest and is at its most challenging. Bosses start off normal before transforming into hulking demon-like abominations! Your best bet to defeat these beasts is to rely on your special attacks or continually pummel them with a barrage of normal attacks.
What’s an adventure without rewards? Not very fulfilling, honestly. Luckily, rewards abound in the form of coins, gems and rubies. After defeating a wave of enemies, a chest will appear and out pops a plethora of coins for you to collect. These coins can be used to obtain other items to help make you stronger, improve your armor, or even increase your movement speed. Be warned, however, items are expensive. So be sure to farm coins as much as you can. The more the better.
Gems are another item for players to collect. They are much harder to come by and really don’t offer a reward for obtaining them. If gems aren’t your thing, maybe you’d prefer a nice shiny ruby instead? Yes, there are those too. Gems and rubies don’t really serve much of a purpose other than being shiny collectibles that you can deposit in the Gemstone Decomposer. This device is equivalent to a slot machine. You’d have a far easier time with a slot machine though. The Gemstone Decomposer is not easy to figure out. So good luck!
Other Characters and Overall Thoughts
Quan Huying may be the main character you use, but there are other characters available should you fancy a change. Unfortunately, the only way to access other characters is to pay for them with real money. Each character is different and the cost for them varies. Some range between $1.99 and others are upwards of $2.99. Not terribly expensive, but it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily ideal.
Overall Otherworld Legends is a decent third-person brawler that combines 8-bit graphics with stunning animation. Chillyroom should be pleased with their efforts. Though it may fall short in terms of matching other games in the genre, but there’s still plenty to like. If you want an entertaining B-movie type game, this would be a good choice.
Is It Hardcore?
Chillyroom should be pleased with their efforts. Otherworld Legends is a third-person brawler that combines 8-bit graphics with stunning animation. However, the game falls short in matching other games in the same genre. It’s not nearly as hardcore as Scorpion yelling “Get over here!” and then brutally impaling someone through the head with a spear. But it has its moments.