GAME NAME: Battleblock Theater
DEVELOPER(S): The Behemoth
PUBLISHER(S): Microsoft Studios
PLATFORM(S): Xbox Live Arcade
RELEASE DATE(S): April 3, 2013
The Behemoth is known for some pretty damn fun games. Castle Crashers was an outstanding success and is still one of the best titles available on the XBox Live Arcade. After Castle Crashers, we were eagerly anticipating their next title. There was all this talk about the new game…what was it going to be about and more importantly, when was it going to come out? Well, after years of development, Battleblock Theater has arrived. But the big question is, was it worth the wait?? In my opinion…yes, yes it was!
As a fan of platforming games, Battleblock Theater was all that I could hope for and more. The music, the story, the narration!! It’s all just so good!!
The story and prologue are phenomenally done by narrator William Stamper and he’s just so darn excited! The story begins as a casual boat ride and after a storm, you end up on a seemingly abandoned island…until you find out the inhabitants are cats. And if you’ve read some of my previous articles, you know how I love cats. These are not just your normal everyday “throw a ball of yarn, rub my belly” cats. These cats are your jailers and it’s your job to keep them entertained.
The object of the game is to make it through the levels alive. You need to collect gems to enable the opening of the exit portal. You need to get through various enemies, acid-like pools of liquid, and various blocks that can hinder your progress. You only need to collect three gems to open the exit, but the more gems you collect, the higher your “grade” and this can also gain you achievements. The more gems you collect, the more prisoners you can unlock. There is also a ball of yarn to be found in each level. The yarn is “contraband” that can be traded to the guards for additional weapons to aid you through your journey.
It is a brilliant piece of co-operative platforming where you can aid your partner by throwing them to a safer area, pulling one another up on ledges, riding boats, punching enemies, dragging blocks, and timing your jumps accordingly among other things. You can play through the campaign/story-mode or play in some of the arena modes. If you do any of the arena modes, be sure to play Horse, a Capture The Flag type of mini-game where you ride tofu horses!! The Arena modes are playable with up to four people, thus multiplying the fun. There is also a level editor if you want to go about creating your own hair tearing levels.
There is just so much to this game. Campaign/story-mode, co-op, online, offline, secret levels, achievements, unlockables…the list goes on. I don’t believe that anyone could get bored with this game…and if by some crazy chance you find yourself bored, pop into the level editor and design your own. The level editor also allows you access to levels created by others so it can never get old.
This is definitely a game worth picking up and at 1200 MS points, it’s worth every penny. I give this game a 9.5 our of 10!
Thank you The Behemoth for another wonderful creation.