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Asterix and Obelix: Slap them all!  - Game review, opinion [PS4, XONE, SWITCH, PC]

Asterix and Obelix: Slap them all! – Game review, opinion [PS4, XONE, SWITCH, PC]

The iconic duo of Gallic heroes is over 62 years old, and still elicits great feelings, lots of sympathy, and of course elicits laughter by chewing on Romans like a full-blown bream. After the successful re-branding of the Asterix & Obelix XXL in the form of the Asterix & Obelix XXL 3: The Crystal Menhir, Microids decided to strike a completely different tone, offering us a production of the iconic Asterix and Obelix style of slot machines, made by Konami in 1992. the master. Nutz Studio has to deal with a legend, and that of course is a huge challenge. Did they manage to?

The Romans are coming for Toutatis!

Similar to the old classic vending machine, Asterix and Obelix: Slap them all! It is also based on the well-known picture books that Rene Goscinny and Alberto Oderzo have made over the years. Therefore, the scriptwriters of the reviewed work took as a background for six different animations from the catalog of as many as 37 notebooks made over the years. Thanks to this, during the 5 hours of the story campaign, we will experience well-known adventures, among others, from such classics as Asterix in BritainAnd Asterix and CleopatraAnd Asterix vs Caesar, or less popular notebooks like Asterix in Spain.

The production discussed today isn’t that long, but it doesn’t have to be – usually close to hitting within a few hours of satisfying combat. But the most important thing here is that the developers well convey the atmosphere of well-known events from comic books, and the game line is trying to recreate the work of Mr. Uderzo, who spent his whole life drawing new installments The Adventures of Gaul. Unfortunately, at this point, I must also point out a significant drawback of the entire production. Poland, along with France, is the largest gathering of fans of the adventures of Asterix and Obelix – so much so that sometimes it was here, and not in our homeland, that the premieres of the cinematic adventures of brave Gauls were held. While the Microids were able to take care of the very cute localization of the Smurfs, they completely ignored Slap Them All and the game does not support the Polish language at all – at most “our way” we can read the names and descriptions of the achievements.

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Asterix and Obelix: Slap them all! – Rosegrioka

However, returning to what is most important in such products, namely toys, I can say with confidence that Mr. Nutz Studio has done a really good job, although perhaps they tend to be more creative with designing tasks. The iconic arcade game Asterix offered a great variety in less than two hours of fun where, in addition to the helmets of the Romans, we could drive a rug, jump on life rafts or fight the bull himself!

Here, we visit Great Britain, Scandinavia, Spain, Corsica or Egypt, but most of the tasks are based on one hoof, that is, enter the path and go and pour out the enemies, after a few minutes we finish the game. Sometimes we hunt pigs there for dinner, Asterix hunts Obelix, and eventually we set up a Roman camp and whipped the centurion. It’s unknown if this is due to a lack of ideas or a small game budget, but in truth, many missions lack some cool unique features, mechanics, or events.

However, I have nothing to attach to the fight itself – well, roughly. As befits the hit, we get a relatively simple mechanism of fun, based on a few basic attacks, control and potential special moves, enough for both Asterix and Obelix to defeat the pesky Romans. The authors deserve a big plus for their imitation of well-known famous licks from comic books or animated films. What do I mean here? When Asterix enters combat, he first drinks a portion of the magic potion, and Obelix always walks with his hands behind his back, and when he sees his enemies, he jumps everywhere with joy. It’s similar to the attacks themselves, when a fat man catches a legion, he can slap him or hit the ground like a sack of potatoes – Asterix in turn grabs the man by the leg and waves him into a small tornado.

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The only thing missing here is some more advanced combo or co-op mechanics – for example, it would be nice to throw an enemy in Obelix’s stomach to make him jump and fly through the sky, or both take the opponent and, for example, stretch him in comic book style. In general it is good, but could be better.

The same statement also describes the entire game being reviewed today, Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! – the master. Nutz Studio has prepared a very decent piece of code, which will certainly appeal to fans of the series, but it can be done much more interesting.