OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes – Xbox One Review

I admit, I’m a fan of cartoons and watch the Cartoon Network channel regularly (with good reason to do so), but it was only a couple months ago that I discovered a little gem called OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. Set in a small town called Lakewood Plaza, the show follows a wannabe superhero called KO who works at a store that supplies actual superheroes with goods they need. OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes, developed by Capybara Games, seems to be the perfect companion for a television show, but how well does it play?

OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes puts you in the shoes of KO in Lakewood Plaza when a new trading card game is taking the town by storm, of which KO is super excited about by the way. They’re called POW cards and KO just has to get his hands on one of these on release date – this is where you come in.

A slow start, introducing you to the story and mechanics of the game, you will find that this is a beat ’em up with an RPG twist added in the mix. Of course, KO’s goal is to collect as many POW cards as possible, but it’s not long before he realises that something sinister is going on. Once you collect your first POW card, you test it which takes you into the battle zone. This is where you get to beat up enemies and try out your POW cards. POW cards can be collected from the store you work at or gained through various missions and objective completions which allow KO to utilize them in battle for added buffs and abilities.

It’s an added bonus for fans of the show as POW cards you collect are all characters from the show itself. Of course, if you have a favourite character, you’re going to want to be hunting that card down. Each card can be levelled up by completing quests for that character. Levelling up these cards will make their abilities stronger when you use them in the battle zone.

Outside of the battle zone, you’re free to wander around Lakewood Plaza, with more areas becoming accessible the more you progress through the game, albeit being a small world. All of the characters from the show are in this, most of whom will need your assistance is some way. Help them enough to gain their POW card.

OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is a great addition to the genre as it is accessible to players of all ages. Whilst it may be an acquired taste, it’s still worthy of a play if you’ve never seen a single episode of the television show. Having said that, one who judges might think that the gameplay is a simple repetitive process – which is both true and untrue. Whilst the mechanics are relatively simple – one button to jump and another to attack, there are various combos you can use with more to unlock, since this will become a necessity the more you progress as different enemies have different tactics in order to defeat. It’s definitely not a walk in the park as you’ll find yourself dying more often than not, but thankfully not to the point of frustration.

OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is a surprisingly entertaining RPG beat ’em up that requires a little grind, but not too much. Both fans and non-fans of the show will find some enjoyment from this title, especially if you’re a fan of the beat ’em up genre. Whilst there is RPG elements, the game focuses more on the beat ’em up aspect utilizing various abilities and combos for increased damage, but executes it very well considering one might see this as a children’s game. Don’t dawdle on being a superhero, just play as one.

OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is available to download from the Xbox Store, priced at £15.99.

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