Vertex Pop’s “Super Crush KO” is a single (initially at least) screen platform beat-em-up/brawler/bullet-hell game, slightly in the same mold of “ICEY”, although with a far simpler story.

super crush ko chubbz the cat

The story is pretty crazy in “Super Crush KO”. For starters, the leader of an alien invasion kidnaps Karen’s (the main character and hero of the game) cat Chubbz. So the main object of the game is to save and take back Chubbz from the alien kidnappers.

Speaking of story, in “Super Crush KO ” your pet cat (Chubbz) accidentally stops an alien invasion, which, by coincidence is led by a feline-loving alien. As great as that may be, Chubbz ends-up being kidnapped by the said alien leader.

On a positive note though, Chubbz is then being pampered like there is no tomorrow, and in a fit of pique, you rush to rescue the Chubbz, and prove that you can look after Chubbz better than the alien leader can.

super crush ko some alien enemies

Some enemies can take quite a few hits, so the enemy (and boss) health bars are very helpful since it allows you to know how badly damaged they really are.

As for the game itself. Well, “Super Crush KO” is, on initial viewing, rather basic. However, as you progress through the game the simpleness of the premise is what makes the game pretty charming, even if it’s not totally brilliant (graphics use simple pastel colors and the controls are, for the most part, intuitive).

super crush ko the laser gun

The laser gun is very useful but needs recharging after a few uses. So be sure to use it wisely! Or else you might end-up dead before you know it.

I mean, you can move, jump and up and down from platforms (as long as the former  isn’t too high), and punch in all sorts of directions. Furthermore, as you progress through the levels, additional attacking moves are made available which are activated using a combination of controls (and are a bit fiddly to use). They can also only be performed if you have enough energy to do so.

super crush ko when death calls

This is a particularly annoying part to get through in “Super Crush KO”…However, you stay motivated since the game is fun to play, and because you want to know what’s going to happen next.

It’s also worth pointing out that chaining attacks together will enable you to get a better grade at the end of each round, which gives you more points. Unfortunately enough though, chained attacks can’t be stopped, so you have to make sure you are (or will end up) in a safe position when you start them.

super crush ko its time to kick some alien ass

Now that I think about it. “Super Crush KO” is like a mix of “IJI”, “Mega Man”, “Altered Beast”, and “Streets of Rage”.

Other than that, there is also a laser gun available, which quickly drains power, but is replenished slowly over time, and is very useful for long attacks. Each stage has an online hi-score table, which you can use to see how well you are doing against other people.

And oh! There is also a super weapon which you can use, but, like the system that powers chained move, it can only be recharged by collecting stars.

super crush ko no chubbz just no

The game’s comic-like story cut-scenes are super adorable and entertaining to read and watch.

As for monsters and whatnot to slay, the game’s enemies (which are all based on animals) come in quite a few varieties. For example, the basic ones just move (or fire) in set directions and are easy to destroy, to ones that are unstoppable when they launch their attack!

And as you progress further into the game, some of the enemies get bigger and start firing in multiple directions at once (you will also face a couple of boss fights as well!).  These levels quickly descend into bullet-hell territory.

super crush ko this is my boomstick

Before you know it, at the blink of an eye. “Super Crush KO” slowly starts to transform itself into a hardcore bullet-hell platformer!

There are also other impediments to progress – disappearing platforms, exploding things, floor spikes, jump booster, and laser wall, of which the latter isn’t too much of a problem (you dash through it).

However, on one level it is positioned so that you can barely reach it, let alone move through it, something of which does make one wonder if there was a slight error in the level design there?

super crush ko boss fight

As fun and beautiful as “Super Crush KO” is…”Super Crush KO” is an extremely hard platformer that will make you grind your teeth quite a lot throughout the whole game.

And while at it, later levels in the game aren’t as much fun as earlier levels due to the amount of action going on. Nevertheless, all in all, “Super Crush KO” is a very fun, beautiful, charming, but extremely hard platformer that should bring many hours of joy (or torment, depending on how you see it/your skill level as a player) if you’re into action/brawler/bullet-hell platformers.

Pros:
+ Graphics are simple, yet nicely coloured and animate very well.
+ The music is okay as are the sound effects.
+ The small comic style sections are amusing.
+ Tons of action.
+ Online leaderboards.
+ Cool chain and super attacks.

Cons:
– Starts getting very hard once past the first stage. If you lose all your lives you have to start at the beginning of a stage.
– Some of the game’s level design is a bit iffy.
– Slowly builds into a bullet-hell platformer.

Gameplay: 3/5
Graphics: 4/5
Sound and music: 3/5
Controls: 4/5
Replay value: 3/5
Story: 4/5

tgg grade 4 out of 5

Verdict: 4/5
Graphically a very charming platformer that soon becomes extremely hard once you come across multi-directional firing enemies.  Probably more of a game for the hard-core platformer than a casual player.

Title: Super Crush KO
Developer: Vertex Pop
Format: PC
Genre:  Scrolling 2D platforming beat-em-up
Resolution: User-defined
Release date: 2020-01-16
Difficulty: Incremental
Spent time: + 2.5 hours
Average grade internationally: 69/100 via metacritic.com
PEGI age rating:
7+
Price:  13.37 Euros (via Steam)

Credit:
Robin Ek – Editor

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