2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World was a fine example of a good downloadable game in the previous article. It’s too good not to give it a full review. This isn’t just a good movie tie in game; it’s a good game all around.
Scott Pilgrim is an indie comic series where 20-something Scott Pilgrim falls in love with the mysterious Ramona Flowers. Before he can date her Scott must defeat Ramona’s 7 Evil Ex-Boyfriends. It’s as basic a plot as any, but the fun of Scott Pilgrim’s universe is it’s quirky, nerdy attitude. Scott views his life as a video game and in turn this translates well into an actual game.
Scott Pilgrim plays like an old school beat’em up with RPG elements. Players can choose 1 of 4 characters and up to 3 friends can join you. Each of the 7 levels has players run through a gauntlet of enemies in order to reach the boss. By fighting enemies, players gain experience and money. Leveling up unlocks new moves and the money can be spent in shops to boost stats. The combat is a fast, fun romp that is both addicting and satisfying.
The game is presented in a fantastic 16-bit style, giving the game a retro feel. The levels are both inspired from scenes from the comic/film as well as classic games. These game nods include Mario, Mega Man, River City Ransom, and more. It’s its own game as well as a tribute to all the great 8/16 bit titles of the past. While levels and the overall game is pretty short, there are plenty of unlockables to warrant multiple playthroughs.
The game also has a killer soundtrack composed by indie chiptune band, Anamanaguchi. Anamanaguchi’s style is a mix of electronic and punk, using hacked NES and Gameboys for their beats. It gives the game both a nostalgic and fresh sound that’ll have toes tapping all night long.
There isn’t much to fault with this game. Its retro style will appeal to both fans of the genre and newcomers wanting more Scott Pilgrim in their lives. It may be short, has no online co-op, and the game glitches once in awhile, but these complaints pale in comparison to how great the game is. Scott Pilgrim vs the World is hours of entertainment at around 10 dollars on both PSN and XBOX Live. Don’t pass this game up.
Score: 5/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on August 26, 2011 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.