Genre: 2D Platformer, Action
Game System: iOS, Android
For a while now I’ve been a huge fan of people who upload content to YouTube. Most of my entertainment comes from the internet to the point where the only TV show I really watch regularly nowadays is My Little Pony, and even then I usually watch that on the internet. As such I’ve been very happy that YouTube has been getting recognition on the same level as TV shows and movies (Well, from everybody that doesn’t star in a TV show or movie, anyway.) YouTubers are getting their own movies, they’re writing books, Minecraft players are even getting turned into action figures! Without a doubt one of the most popular topics for a Youtube channel is video game playing. The most subscribed channel on the whole website, PewDiePie, is even a gaming channel, with over 39 million subscribers. Whether you think Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg makes good content or not, you can’t deny that about 0.006% of the human population thinks that he does. It was just a matter of time before he expanded into different forms of media, and the first thing he has tried is the one that made him famous: video games.
The story of this game is pretty simple. The evil Barrel King has kidnapped all of PewDiePie’s fans, and PewDiePie has to team up with his other YouTuber friends, including CutiePieMarzia,CinnamonToastKen, Markiplier, JackSepticEye, and Cryaotic, to go on an adventure to save his fans and protect the Legendary Brofist! I said it was simple, I never said it made much sense. The story is explained through dialogue boxes that pop up at different points in most of the levels, with characters portraits that show pixelated versions of the real people’s faces and very well-done voice acting. The dialogue also tends to be rather funny. I especially like that if you are playing as the character who is supposed to be talking (unless it’s PewDiePie) the dialogue is instead said by a duck! It basically goes like this:
PewDiePie: Hey, I need a lift in your helicopter!
Markiplier: I’m on my way!
Dialogue if you’re playing as Markiplier:
PewDiePie: Hey, I need a lift in your helicopter!
I’m disappointed that the dialogue doesn’t change beyond that based on what character you’re playing as, especially if it just doesn’t make sense. For example, at the end of the first level Marzia says that she’s just going to stay at home while PewDiePie goes on an adventure. Even if you play as Marzia throughout most of the game, this fact apparently doesn’t change! This is PewDiePie’s game, all of his friends are pretty much just tagging along.
I need to say that the art in this game is amazing. The graphics and sound are all done in a style reminiscent of old 8-bit and 16-bit video games, and if it weren’t for the smooth animation, the high-quality voice acting, and the occasional tilted pixel I could believe that this was really from the fourth generation of gaming. If you really like the music the soundtrack is also available separately for digital download.
The game plays like a classic run-and-jump 2D platformer. Your basic method of attack is landing on top of the enemy (not counting the one space shooter level,) but each character has special abilities that can be bought in the shop. But of course, like every mobile game nowadays, you have to pay for these out of your own pock— what’s that? You DON’T have to pay extra for something that should come standard in a video game? YOU USE INGAME MONEY?! UNHEARD OF! But seriously, why is this not a standard for mobile gaming? I want to play a game and not have to pay five dollars in real world money to beat it! If a console or PC game did this there would be outrage!
But I digress, you collect Brocoins throughout the game’s levels and you can exchange these Brocoins for upgrades to your characters like more hearts and special abilities. These abilities can range from an attack that clears out all the enemies on the screen to using a giant pink mustache like a pair of wings. Did I mention this game is weird? Because it really is, though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The game also has three difficulty levels: Easy, Hard, and “Bro,” though Easy mode feels more like “Easiest by Default” mode. The game can get quite challenging on any difficulty level, and the Hard and Bro modes just make it even harder. That being said, the level design never feels unfair and fair difficulty is never a problem for me. It stays fun despite the difficulty. The levels all have a distinct design that will make you remember them later.
Like a game based on a semi-famous property should, this game has a lot of references to the YouTube channels involved in it. That being said, I feel like people won’t quite enjoy or at least understand it as much if they aren’t familiar with their work. I can imagine people thinking “Why are all the enemies barrels? Why is he calling this golden statue man Stephano? WHY DID THIS GUY JUST TURN INTO A GIANT GREEN EYEBALL THAT SHOOTS LASERS?” Some of these references I didn’t even understand, but that probably comes with having five years of semi-daily content on almost every single one of these people’s channels.
Overall this is a fun game. Great gameplay, graphics, music, story and voice acting combine to make an experience that even people that hate PewDiePie with a burning passion can enjoy, not to mention the price tag of five dollars. I give this game 7 subscribers out of 10.