Gamer friends!!! You who dreamed and waited impatiently for a Superman or Batman game on the beautiful Switch, and why not even the port of the Arkham trilogy, rejoice, because this expectation and this dream has finally come true. Well, that’s what we hoped for in our wildest dreams. Because yes, gamer friends, open your eyes and get ready to cry, because the only thing that Warner and DC will offer us will be the adventures of the super dog Krypto in a game that will look more like Superman 64 than anything else. . Our dear little blondes will at least be happy to find their favorite character in a game with the most famous canine superheroes in the cinema. Let’s not waste any more time, let’s put on our super tights, our cape and set off to discover Metropolis, and on the way let’s not forget our croquettes.
A story that lacks fangs
Everyone knows Superman, but did you know Krypto the Super Dog. Yes and no, and frankly, we don’t care, because even if you’re an avid reader of comics or fans of cartoons that have just been released on the big screen, it’s certain that you won’t find your account in the imitation video game adaptation of the animated film. But good for the more adventurous, here’s roughly the game’s plot: Lex Luthor, the fearsome villainous multi-billionaire, struts around in armor worthy of Buzz Lightyear. His new terribly treacherous plan will consist of capturing all the stray or abandoned animals to lock them in a zoo, to establish this infernal plan he will call an army of robots that will set the city of Metropolis on fire and blood .
Faced with this terrible insult, the SPA goes to the front and calls on the greatest of superheroes, Paw Patrol!! Uh, not a bad game/universe, but we wouldn’t say no to a shared universe, the Animal Cinematic Universe. Okay, come on, let’s get serious for a second and get back to our awesome pantyhose clad pooches. Who says Lex Luthor, says Metropolis, and therefore Superman. But where is that bastard!!! To tell the truth, we don’t really know, and once again, we don’t care, because at least nothing is really explained in this game. The only important element is that here we will embody his faithful furry friend, Krypto accompanied by his friend Ace, a dog version of Batman. That’s the end of the scenario. Ah, and of course, no cutscene to accompany all this, not just subtitles, which, in case of people who can’t read, are fully dubbed in French. In addition, one still wonders where the dubs were fished, because the latter obviously do not even know how to read a text. Not only do we have terrible dubbing that just says an alternate version of the lyrics, but on top of that it just feels like we have one and only one person who just changes their voice and mostly just reads us plain and simple a piece of paper placed before his eyes. In short, the scenario of this game is served to us like a piece of crap on a plate, it’s presentable but absolutely disgusting.
Having an insignificant scenario to chew on is not enough for us. No, we are professionals to the end and still give the game a chance, if the scenario of a match was the whole game, then the good games would be counted on one hand. Let us go back to our sheep, or rather, if necessary, to our doggies. Our furry friends, equipped with superpowers, will therefore have to rescue their poor animal friends from a horrible zoo. As soon as the game launches, we will have a welcome screen with a map of Metropolis. This map will be divided into three areas, for each area of this map we will have 5 game levels, a total of 15 levels. These famous courses will take place in the city and our canine hero will fly over the streets like a superman and shoot his laser beam at everything that moves and looks naughty. At this point, the game offers us what we want from the action. We control the choice of Krypto or his friend Ace, apart from the aesthetic side of things, and even a dog remains a dog, not much will change in relation to this choice. We still control a super dog in a 3D environment that will use its laser beam to destroy the enemies in front of it, and Lex’s inflatable balloons definitely make us think of a big Buzz Lightyear.
The gameplay is clear, simple and quick to learn, we advance, we shoot, we avoid obstacles and we use our special attacks. Késako of his special attack? When we have to choose between our 2 characters, we will also have the choice between 3 powers. His powers will already be there to give us a choice between a small attack, speed or protection bonus. For the second time, they will also be there to stage our heroes’ fellow travelers, a Green Lantern, a Flash and a Wonder Woman, all in animal version of course. Well, let’s skip the details, because frankly, there is no real folichon to sink your teeth into. His famous powers will of course be unlocked, and for that nothing could be simpler, it will be enough to complete an area to unlock up for the next power. To summarize, the game is just a simple large corridor spanning 15 levels each lasting a little less than 10 minutes, yes the game only lasts 2 hours, that’s short, terribly short for a full game that also retails for 40 €. Yes, dare we say it, we are literally kidding ourselves, of course the game was made for kids before, but releasing a game with such a short lifespan these days is a true sacrilege. This very short lifespan can still be increased, at least for players who are not really comfortable in this kind of gameplay, or for whom the game would present a little too much difficulty. Good for us, we finished the game in 2 hours and that while losing only 3 times in the entire game.
The game tries to be good by promising us a lot of good things, including being able to improve our heroes’ powers and health through skill points. Again, we’re not going to hide it, it’s a nice cheat, each skill point will be earned at the end of each level, which means that in just 2 hours we’ve already completed the skill trees for our characters.
In addition to this lovely scam, we will of course also have a game mode where we have to take care of the stray animals that we have to rescue on our way. In fact, this game mode comes in a kind of card game where we will have a part for animals and another for people who want to adopt these adorable little animals. To do this we will already have to feed or play with the little abandoned animals. For that it will be enough just to choose from 3 choices, an object. If at first we really took the time to take an interest in it, we quickly discovered that whatever choice we made, in the end it didn’t change anything, a bar of happiness materializes and once met, the animal is suitable for adoption.
Well, how is this famous adoption going. Well, again, it will be about the same as filling our animal’s happiness meter, it will just be enough to find the right character from a small selection that will be able to take good care of the animal. But again, although we initially took the time and care to carefully read the descriptions of each character, we soon realized that regardless of the choice, adoption was accepted and adopted when the adopter was happy. But ultimately, what does all this tell us? Well, that is not yet the question we ask ourselves, because apart from inflating the lifespan very artificially, it gives no bonus or nothing at all. Sure, we fill a meter with each successful adoption, but once it’s full to the max, it doesn’t move and we can continue over and over the same pattern of getting the animals adopted.
In short, it’s unnecessarily long, it’s boring, and on top of that, it’s useless. The only positive point of this game mode, at least it is beautiful, the maps have a very nice rendering and this inevitably contrasts with the rest of the game.
Damn, my croquettes are disgusting!!
Let’s move on to the final step, the graphics and soundtrack. For the graphical part, only the adoption game mode comes out with the honor, because otherwise the game is ugly. Be careful, the game is not buggy or blurry or runny, no it’s just ugly, because the game has no real artistic direction. The entire game is simply content to make us tirelessly traverse 15 levels by making us believe that the landscape changes minimally, but we are not fooled. We really cross 15 large corridors that are completely identical and to that extent lack charm.
What about the enemies that barely manage to regenerate through the 15 levels. Finally, only the 3 bosses that complete the 3 zones will be slightly different from the rest and again. For the sound part, it’s honestly not better, in fact it’s even worse. If we have already mentioned the fact that the lyrics are dubbed by someone who apparently does not know how to read or transcribe emotions and tones, we can also add the offenses that our hero only knows 3 or 4 lines and we repeat them every 2 min. In the long run we’ll just cut the sound down, especially since the music, well we think there’s more, we’re not quite sure since the last one seems to repeat itself over and over again.
- May appeal to young…
- We’re having a bit of a laugh with the terrible dubbing…
- State of adoption very nice graphically
- Lex Luthor looks way too much like Buzz Lightyear
- The 3 bosses
- For the youngest, the less demanding
- But just a little bit it gets boring too quickly
- One or more music we really ask ourselves the question
- Levels that are all similar
- Enemies that lack variety
- The terribly short lifespan
- The price of the game
- The script on a PQ sheet
- Adoption mode brings absolutely nothing
- No hassle