Back in November I was left in shock by the trailer for Abobo’s Big Adventure (read my preview here), and since then I have been patiently waiting for the chance to beat down the entire NES roster. In development since 2006 by a small indie group known as Team Bobo, I never expected much from the game aside from the novelty of seeing all of the Nintendo characters on one screen (which would have been more than enough). However what I got was about as much nostalgic fun as you can have on your computer.
The game stars Abobo, an enemy from the Double Dragon series. His son, Aboboy, has been kidnapped Double Dragon style and he is out on a mission to rescue his not so little kid. From the first level you are hit with about as much retro action as you can handle. Each stage centers on one specific game (such as Contra or Mega Man) and then throws in as many characters from other games that fit into that mold as they can. Team Bobo does a great job pacing the action so that you are always left guessing what is coming next, and coming up with very clever and funny ways to kick the action up a notch.
The graphics and gameplay are exactly what you would expect. It’s Nintendo in all of it’s 8 bit glory except for one twist: THIS GAME IS GORY AS HELL! Kids getting decapitated, limbs torn off, mass vomiting, it’s a virtual bloodbath. The overall package leads to some legitimately memorable moments throughout the campaign, which is something I definitely did not expect. A pair of levels are rather annoying (like the gratuitous under water level), but the payoff after you finish them is so good you don’t really care when you’re done. Don’t get me started on the ending. Classic stuff.
If you have a couple hours to spend, I highly recommend that you visit http://www.abobosbigadventure.com and check this game out. I guarantee you have never played anything quite like it. Especially for free.