Overall - 50%
Super Comboman: Smash Edition wears its inspiration on its sleeve, but doesn't quite manage to rise above its source material. Diehard fans of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series may enjoy Struggles' moveset, but its unfair nature might turn some people off.
Interabang Entertainment shows their love for the beat-em-ups of old with the release of their slap-happy title Super Comboman: Smash Edition. Should you smash and crash your way to victory, or is this battle a grind?
Super Comboman: Smash Edition Review
The protagonist Struggles is in a bit of a bind. With a $10,000 mortgage payment due, he must take up work at the DoDoCo construction company, using his fists and his handy fanny pack. It’s a silly tale told through text boxes and the occasional Flash cutscene, but it gets the job done. Struggles himself has a lot of personality, but sadly the same cannot be said for the other denizens of his world. Everybody else comes off as somewhat generic, not exactly making an impression.
This is made worse when enemies repeat themselves multiple times per level – though new types are introduced throughout the game, expect to see hundreds of the same construction dudes in yellow hats throughout your playthrough.
Super Comboman: Smash Edition wears its inspiration with great pride. The game has got Smash Bros.’ shield mechanic, Mega Man X’s wall jump, Smash Bros’ dodge, Altered Beast’s announcer (complete with “power up” line), Smash Bros’ juggling, Street Fighters’ fireballs, and more. The development team certainly has an affinity for Nintendo’s fighter – as Struggles fights his way to the end of each level and gets his paycheck, his fights closely mirror that of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s Subspace Emissary. However, things feel a little off – dodges cover a little too much ground, Smash attacks don’t quite work as well, and most enemies are huge damage sponges. Paired with a stamina meter for special attacks and a dedicated button for gut-punching stun attacks, and it feels a little more convoluted than what players have grown accustomed to.
This can make things fairly repetitive in the later levels. Fighting your way through throngs of enemies that take a while to defeat, only to do the same thing again in the next room, leads to some fatigue. The game also has a nasty habit of throwing multiple enemies at you in tight corners, some of which have powerful attacks that hit hard and fast. Checkpoints are plentiful, but sometimes the fastest way to victory is to dash past enemies or cheese your way through. Needless to say, doing this doesn’t feel good.
There is some replayability for those searching for it. There are hidden stickers in each level, abilities can be purchased, and special game-altering perks can be equipped. There is also a ranking system to each level, which will no doubt have the perfectionists among us going for the gold.
Super Comboman: Smash Edition wears its inspiration on its sleeve, but doesn’t quite manage to rise above its source material. Diehard fans of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series may enjoy Struggles’ moveset, but its unfair nature might turn some people off.