It’s weird to look back at gaming’s history and see how genres have ebbed and flowed in popularity. During the 90s it seemed like action/puzzle hybrids were the “in” thing. Although some games remained in Japan, such as Tetris Battle Gaiden, popular series such as Street Fighter got their own wildly popular offshoots like Puzzle Fighter. In these games two players would face off and try to clear their board of blocks, which would cause effects on the other player’s screen. Heroes Never Lose: Professor Puzzler’s Perplexing Ploy (or HNL: PPPP) is hoping to bring back that type of game.
The main difference for HNL: PPPP is that it has its world focused around heroes and villains. Each character has their own special skills which can be used once their super bar fills. This is accomplished by clearing blocks when enough of the same color are clustered together. Of course, your opponent might unleash their super first! Each super power is tied to the hero you’re playing. For example, Brainfreeze is able to freezes blocks, making them stuck to the spot. As with classic games of the genre, this one seems fast-paced, silly, and fun.
Perhaps the most notable feature about HNL: PPPP to distinguish it from previous genre titles is that it has online play. Yes, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo’s modern digital release added online play, but that is a rare exception. Most of the time such great games were only playable locally. If the online mode for this one can be as snappy as playing in person then it will be a big deal for genre fans. As of now, Heroes Never Lose’s $9,000 CAD goal is being applied to a PC version (but mobile and console releases aren’t off the table).
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