[PlayStation 4] 99Vidas Review
99Vidas is a 16-bit style beat ‘em up love letter to the side scrolling beat ‘em ups of the arcade days. Learn more about it in our 99Vidas review!
This type of game was extremely popular in arcades during the 1980’s and 1990’s before home consoles managed to take gaming to a whole new level. The nostalgia is strong in this one, with graphics that will probably remind you of a game of to those of you old enough might have played in actual arcades – QubeByte definitely drew inspiration from some of the classics in the genre such as, for example, Streets of Rage.
Gameplay is simple and to the point, as it should for a 2D side-scrolling beat ‘em up. You can move left and right and punch, kick, and jump your way to victory. At first, you’ll be defeating enemies all over the place since their health bars won’t be too big, but you’ll eventually run into stronger enemies that can deal more damage and thus defeat you if you’re not careful. If you’re damaged, be sure to destroy crates and barrels in each section since some of them can drop food that will allow you to heal some of your wounds.
You have four different characters to choose from: King, Fries, Izzy and Oak, each with different personalities and traits, and you can unlock more characters as well, increasing the replay value for those of you who like to 100% their games. Oh, and the title 99Vidas isn’t the number of lives you have but the number of lives that you take as you progress – the number decreases as you take lives, and that includes the bosses.
Once you have reached the end of a level you’ll find a mean bad boss that is out to get you. You’ll need to pay attention to them because their movement and attack patterns will differ, and each fight will be different – and fun! You can’t simply button mash your way through each boss fight, but you are welcome to try it and see how that goes.
The developers have stuck to the old-school arcade tradition for a game that feels as if it could have been released back in the 1990’s, minus having to use coins to keep going. The game is available with cross-buy and cross-save so that you can do your gaming at home or on the go if you have PlayStation Vita portable console. This does mean that all versions of the game on PlayStation hardware share the same trophy list, so no, you won’t be able to unlock the same trophies twice on your home and portable consoles by way of a cloud save trick or two.
Although being a bit repetitive, 99Vidas is a fun release that will play the nostalgia angle to charm gamers. Beat ‘em ups, by nature, feature repetitive gameplay, but 99Vidas does a good job at keeping things fun while paying homage to some of the classics in the genre. If you’re a fan of beat ‘em ups, then you should check this one out from – especially if you have some friends to play laong with!
This 99Vidas review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by QUByte Interactive.