Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! – game review, opinion [PS4, XONE, SWITCH, PC]

The iconic duo of Gallic heroes is over 62 years old, and still arouses great emotions, a lot of sympathy and, of course, evokes laughter by chewing the Romans like total bream. After the successful return of the Asterix & Obelix XXL brand in the form of Asterix & Obelix XXL 3: The Crystal Menhir, Microids decided to hit a completely different note, serving us a production in the style of the iconic Asterix and Obelix from slot machines, which Konami made in 1992. The work of Mr. Nutz Studio has to deal with quite a legend, which is of course quite a challenge. Did they manage it?

The Romans are coming, for Teutates!

Similar to the old vending machine classic, Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! it also bases its entire story on well-known comics that have been prepared by René Goscinny and Alberto Uderzo over the years. Therefore, the screenwriters of the reviewed work took as wallpaper six different comics from the catalog of as many as 37 notebooks prepared over the years. Thanks to this, during the 5 hours of the story campaign, we will experience adventures known, among others, from such classics as Asterix in Britain, Asterix and Cleopatra, Asterix versus Caesar, or less known notebooks like Asterix in Spain.

The production discussed today is not long, but it also does not have to be – usually beat’em ups close in a few hours of a satisfying fight. The most important thing here, however, is that the developers very well convey the atmosphere of the events known from comic book notebooks, and the line of the game tries to recreate the work of Mr. Uderzo, who spent his whole life drawing new installments of Gallic adventures. Unfortunately, at this point, I must also point out a huge minus for the entire production. Poland is, next to France, the largest concentration of lovers of the adventures of Asterix and Obelix – to such an extent that sometimes it was here, not in our homeland, that the premieres of the cinematic adventures of brave Gauls were held. While Microids was able to take care of the very nice 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 achievements.

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! – gameplay

Returning, however, to what is the most important in such productions, i.e. the games, I can confidently say that the Mr. Nutz Studio did a really good job, although she might have been tempted to be more creative in designing the missions. The iconic arcade Asterix offered a great variety during its less than two hours of fun, where, in addition to the Romans’ helmets, we could fly a carpet, jump on life rafts, or fight the bull itself!

Here, we visit Great Britain, Scandinavia, Spain, Corsica or Egypt, but most of the tasks are constructed on one hoof, that is, enter the path, go and pour enemies, after a few minutes we finish the game. Sometimes we chase the boars out there for dinner, Asterix chases the Obelix, and in the end we set up a Roman camp and skin the centurion. It is not known if this is due to a lack of ideas or a small game budget, but really, many tasks lack some nice unique features, mechanics or events.

However, I have nothing to attach to the fight itself – well, almost. As befits a beat’em up, we get a relatively simple mechanic of fun, based on a few basic attacks, grips and possible special moves, which is enough for both Asterix and Obelix to defeat the pesky Romans. The authors deserve a big plus for imitating the iconic licks known from comic books or animated films. What do I mean here? When Asterix enters the fight, he first drinks a portion of the magic potion, Obelix always walks with his hands behind his back, and when he sees his enemies, he jumps all over with joy. It is similar with the attacks themselves, when a fat man catches a legionnaire, he can slap him or hit him on the ground like a sack of potatoes – Asterix, in turn, grabs the man by the leg and waves him making a small tornado.

The only thing missing here is some more advanced combo or cooperation mechanics – for example, it would be nice to throw an enemy in the stomach of Obelix to make him bounce and fly into the sky, or for both of them to take the opponent and, for example, stretch him in a comic book style. In summary, it is good, but it could be better.

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

About Steven Mark

Fan of video games and new technologies, I am editor in this environment for several years already. I like to share my passion through news, tests and other files. I also love wrestling and Marvel Comics.

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