Reviews - Updated on March 29, 2022

Metroidvania in beautiful 2D is hardly surprising today. But for Blast Brigade vs. The Evil Legion of Dr. Cread is worth watching especially closely. Firstly, because this is a project of the domestic Allods Team Arcade (the internal team of the Allods Team), whose employees call themselves “dedicated fans of platformers and games in the metroidvania genre.” Secondly, Blast Brigade is also a parody of action movies and spy films from the 80s. Also not so hot what news, but Allods Team Arcade turned out funny and colorful. I was personally convinced of this by playing the demo version provided by the developers.

Superspies vs. Dr. Evil

From the name of the game it is easy to understand what the plot is about. The action takes place in 1989, we play as members of BLAST – a team of super spies and fighters against evil. The main evil for them is personified by Dr. Creed, who leads the League of Deviants – she defies the authorities and continues the “endless chain of criminal conquests.” And the doctor himself, of course, dreams of world domination and bought himself a tropical island, where he set up a lair and even began designing a large aggressive robot.

It was here that a plane with BLAST agents flew out. But the aircraft crashed, the pilot was captured by Dr. Creed’s henchmen, and the rest were scattered around the island. At first, only the brave Jeffrey J. Jefferson can start the mission. But in the process, he will meet other hunters for the head of the villain – for example, an islander who wants to preserve the ancient secrets of her people. And he will also get in the way of the extremely colorful Shura Voron, a Moroccan sniper and killer originally from Siberia.

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It is for him that she is still mysterious – we already know everything about her.

Yes, don’t be surprised – she was born in Norilsk, but Alexandra’s father is from Morocco. Here’s what the authors say about it:

Norilsk is not the right place for a little girl, but Shura was stronger and more dangerous than a polar bear, even as a child. She rose to fame at a young age after winning the biathlon gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games (her archrival somehow managed to shoot himself in the foot…twice). Her marksmanship skills were quickly noticed by the special forces – Shura was recruited to make her a professional killer.

After serving for several years undercover in various countries, Shura joined the team of elite super spies “Red Devils”, which hunts down and eliminates the leaders of the League of Deviants. So she met with our Jeffrey – and immediately decided to cut off his access card to Dr. Creed’s fortress, which Jeffrey won in a fair and hard fight with a huge robot.

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Rockets? Predictable, but no less painful.

Geoffrey, of course, did not lose his head and rushed after Shura in pursuit – this is very similar to the beginning of a strong friendship between American and Soviet spies. Jefferson, by the way, is an extremely colorful comrade himself – brave, cheerful, narcissistic and reckless; prefers open combat, is always confident in his abilities and does not mind his favorite grenade launcher. Moreover, it does not necessarily blow up what needs to be blown up – this becomes a headache for BLAST, because expensive equipment often fails. The doctor, whom Jeffrey finds hanging on parachute lines, connects this plane crash with Jefferson’s actions. Yes, and he broke the basic super-spy PDA by downloading some nonsense from the Internet onto it. Therefore, from now on, the doctor will sell all his services for pumping characters to our superhero for money.

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Initially, there were not enough funds for anything.

In Blast Brigade vs. The Evil Legion of Dr. Cread with humor is fine. And the general atmosphere of a bright cinematic adventure is reinforced by juicy graphics, a variety of locations and obstacles that we face – here you have a scorching sun, and heavy snowfall, and rivers of lava, and laser beams.

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Despite a bunch of obstacles and traps, everything around seems so bright and pleasant.

Traditions that are good

Gameplay in Blast Brigade vs. The Evil Legion of Dr. Cread traditional. Controlling different characters with unique abilities, we jump on platforms, pull levers to open doors, fight, overcome traps and collect parts that are here instead of currency.

Jeffrey annihilates enemies with an M-16 rifle, a shotgun, and his favorite grenade launcher. Shura has a sniper rifle and a laser beam. Then they can find or even collect other guns. And each, I repeat, has its own abilities. The explosion lover destroys the walls that prevent you from passing. And the Moroccan Siberian uses a grappling hook. Other characters were not shown to us, but it is clear that their authors will not deprive them either.

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In the process of exploring the levels, you can stumble upon such characters that will give out a side quest.

Yes, the set of “unique” abilities is standard. There is also a dash (we don’t get it right away), which allows you to overcome gaps, avoid traps and some attacks. But on the other hand, it’s hard to come up with something truly unique in this genre. The main thing is how it works.

And it works well – the skills are correctly distributed, issued at the right time and are useful. In addition, there is a system of perks / modules that can be bought from the aforementioned doctor for the collected parts. They give various bonuses – for example, they increase the capacity of a shotgun clip. But in order to activate them through the PDA, you need rare batteries – one piece per ability. Therefore, it will not be possible to connect everything at once. But you can collect ancient crystals, which, after being erected on the basis of the corresponding building, will begin to be converted into batteries.

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You will need a lot of batteries.

Other buildings also provide useful bonuses – for example, they increase the effectiveness of the healing potion with which Jeffrey restores his “hearts”. All these construction works require special kits. It is their search that is the main incentive to rummage through the levels and return to where we could not get before (before getting a jerk, for example).

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To move between remote locations we use a motorcycle.

Overall, Blast Brigade vs. The Evil Legion of Dr. Cread looks and plays great. There are bright colors, there is irony, style and colorful characters. The game is challenging at the same time – in a short period of time I met different enemies (in addition to Dr. Creed’s minions, there are also all sorts of flying, crawling and even flora and fauna growing on the ceilings) and three bosses at once with different tactics – I managed to defeat one of them from the tenth.

The shotgun is very effective, but, unlike the M-16, it has limited ammo.

I was also pleased with the set of traps – they are trying to injure us with thorns, fireballs and circular saws, which keeps us in suspense. It is also added by the fact that the save points (sunbeds) are sometimes located far from each other – and you have to run to a new meeting with the boss, again and again colliding with ordinary enemies. But we need to run – after the death we lose the supply of parts, and before the next defeat it is better to pick them up.

Boss tactics have to be learned by heart.

Yes, some things to the authors of Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread would do well to correct. To do this, the game will soon be released in Steam Early Access (later it will appear on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch). However, even now it is clear that we have every chance to get an excellent Russian platformer in the metroidvania format – bright, stylish and diverse, with colorful characters, observing all the traditions of the genre, but also with its own features.

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