[Beyond PlayStation] League of Evil Review
Fun 2D arcade-style platformer7.5
League of Evil from Ratalaika Games, Ravenous Games, and Woblywar is a pixeltastic 2D action platformer now available on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our League of Evil review!
In League of Evil, you are tasked with defeating the evil scientists who have joined forces and who now call themselves the “League of Evil.” The group seems to be busy developing weapons of mass destruction, which is certainly a bad thing, which is why you must eliminate said scientist by any means necessary.
Controls for the game are very easy to understand since you move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jump with the A button, double jump by pressing the A button a second time, and can attack with the B button. Attacks will consist of punches when you’re on the ground and of jump kicks when you attack while jumping. If you jump and hug a wall, you’ll be able to do a wall jump to reach new areas.
The game includes four chapters: Weapons of Mass Destruction, Welcome to the Jungle, Enter the Dragon and Impossible Missions. Every chapter has sixty levels to complete, and you can find one briefcase in each level as well as obtain three stars based on how fast you can complete each level. If you want to 100% the game, you’ll probably need to play each level at least twice so that you can focus on getting the level’s briefcase and learning its layout during your first run so that you can plan for your second (and third, fourth, fifth…) run so that you can complete the level under the time limit for its three-star rating. The very first level of Weapons of Mass Destruction will be the game’s tutorial in which you’ll learn the basics that will be of great use during your mission.
Due to how the game is structured, if you’re good at platformers you can usually complete a level in, say, 10-30 seconds at most. Multiply that by two runs per level to get all briefcases and a three-star rating in each level, times 240 levels in the game’s campaign, and you’re looking at roughly and two hours, give or take a few minutes, to be able to complete all levels. Again, based on your skill level your mileage may vary, but even so, it shouldn’t take you more than 3-4 hours to do everything the game asks you to do.
But once you’re done playing the main Campaign Mode you’ll be ready to dive into the Level Editor in which you’ll get to create your own levels for the game, or play those created by other players! You can browse between all available missions, search for a specific mission based on its mission ID, or check out the download packs. Each pack contains 30 missions to play, and you can select between a random pack, the most voted pack for the week, the most voted pack for the month, the most voted pack ever or an option called “Our Selection” which contains a special pack that will be updated from time to time.
League of Evil includes a set of in-game achievements for you to unlock. These include tasks such as completing 25, 50 and 100 missions, completing all missions, defeating 50 and 100 enemies, collecting 25, 50 and 100 briefcases, collecting all briefcases, getting three stars in 25, 50 and 100 missions, and getting three stars in all missions. The achievements section also has an option to reviewing your stats so that you can see how many enemies you’ve defeated, how many scientists you’ve defeated, how many machines you’ve destroyed, the times you’ve died, the punches you’ve thrown, the jump kicks you’ve landed, and the overall number of levels played.
League of Evil is a fun action platformer on Nintendo Switch that is good in short bursts for a few minutes or in a long two to three hour run based on our skill level. But once you’re done with the included 240 levels you can dive into the Level Editor mode to create your own levels, or you can download levels created by other players to take a crack at them, which greatly increases the game’s longevity. If you’re looking for a fun and fast-paced 2D action platformer, then you should certainly check out League of Evil.
This League of Evil review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Ratalaika Games.