Do you remember 30 years ago throwing money into an arcade cabinet following the message “game over insert coin to continue”? If the answer is yes then this makes review a damn sight easier. 99Vidas is a throwback to those classic coin gobbling arcade scrolling beat em ups which were so popular in the late 80s early 90s. If however your answer to my earlier question was no, allow me to explain. Back in the decade which was the 80s, when movies, music and toys were better. Children’s entertainers weren’t looked upon with an eye of suspicion and the sets on TV shows were flimsier than the plot of a Jason Statham film, well back then there was a genre of game which was immensely popular both in the arcades and the home.
Final Fight, Golden Axe, Simpson, Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Bad Dudes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the one which started it all Kung Fu Master are just a fraction of titles in this genre.
Walk, mostly from left to right beating up bad dudes, face a boss at the end of the stage and then repeat for another 7 or so stages. Buttons consist of a punch a kick and a jump, sometimes if you’re lucky you get a special move button, which generally depletes your energy gauge. As these games progressed over the years, combos and extra moves requiring more finger dexterity started to appear.
99Vidas is a Brazilian developed game in this genre with a graphical style akin to the excellent Scott Pilgrim vs the World. It does everything right, collision detection, controls and the music are all done exceptionally well, some of the music even has a few nods to Streets of Rage. Supporting four players simultaneously, from a roster of 11 selectable characters (once all have been unlocked) you even have the ability to upgrade your fighters as you play through the game.
My son and I had immense fun beating the shite out of hoards of enemy thugs, sure these games do get repetitive and on your own they can become quite stale, but play it as its meant to be played, with others, and I guarantee you’ll have a jolly good time.
A great romp!
Beard Score: 7/10
Platform: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 27/11/18
No. of Players: 1-4
Category: Action, Arcade, Fighting
Publisher: QUByte Interactive