Piston City Games’ Beatdown: Streets of Justice, a card-based beat-em-up, is on its way to Kickstarter soon. Players take the role of one of many different fighters utilizing different fighting styles such as wrestling, boxing, and kung fu to take down various enemies until confronted with the game’s boss. Each game of Beatdown consists of 2 waves of enemies before taking on the boss. Each wave consists of a varying number of enemies depending on how many players are in the game.
The actual gameplay is a pretty simple back and forth between the players and an enemy trading blows. The real meat of the game is in its combo system where players can press their luck to string attacks together to deal a greater amount of damage, or to break through armor. There are critical hits, the ability to make a “change of plans” up to 3 times around, and the ability to heal damage and survive as long as you can.
As I stated before, Beatdown really revolves around the Combo mechanic and pushing your luck to create better and better combos. This is done with a 10-sided die and combo modifiers on each attack card. The rest of the game is just a bit of structure build around this central core. For what it’s worth, it’s pretty fun, especially when you manage to pull off an awesome combo. The available characters, each with their own special power, attacks, and one of the 3 above mentioned fighting styles, bring something different to the table and actually feel diverse enough to vary gameplay a bit. The only place Beatdown really struggles is its artwork and general graphic design. A bit of improvement in that aspect could really elevate the game from pretty good to damn good.
Beatdown: Streets of Justice hits Kickstarter soon and will be $20 for the first two days of the campaign and then $25 after that. At that price, it’s certainly worth your attention.
A prototype copy of Beatdown: Streets of Justice was provided free for this preview in adherence to A Pawn’s Perspective’s 2018 Preview Policy.
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