Most likely any kid that grew up in the 80’s knows about He-man. After all it was one of the coolest cartoons to come out during that time. Since then theres’ been action figures, (don’t call them dolls) an awful movie that came out years later (wow…talk about bad), as well as a re-make of the series about ten years ago. Now He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe (henceforth to be referred to as MPGU) is released on all iOS devices and resembles the original series, but with a nice new animation overhaul.
I’m not usually into iOS brawlers, not my bag man, but lo here comes He-Man: MPGU! You are familiar with the formula…like with most brawlers you spend most of your time scrolling from the left side of the screen to the right–continue doing this and defeat the multitude of oncoming cloned enemies. You would be right if you assumed that this is how He-Man: MPGU plays out. Luckily I can defend He-Man and say that there’s two things that makes me say “who cares”. Part of this side scrolling is split up with some platforming sections which helps break up the monotony. And the other…do I really have to say it? You are freakin’ He-Man and you’re battling Skeletor’s minions!
Sure, He-Man: MPGU is somewhat of a button masher but this time around you’re not dealing with virtual controls. Instead the layout is well designed by having the left hand side scroll He-Man from left to right while the right hand portion of the screen controls his actions. Swipe to the left and you’ll power-punch straight up, tap on the screen and you’ll use a basic attack. The rest of the action controls act out in a similar manner and are a vast improvement over virtual buttons. The only downside to this control method is that it’s nowhere as responsive as it should be
Perhaps He-Man: MPGU biggest strength (well besides calling upon the power of Grayskull) is the pacing. The game never gets too tough and you’ll be able to blow through each stage in a matter of minutes. Plus once you play 3 or 4 levels you’ll normally have a Boss Battle from one of the classic villains which greatly helps break up the otherwise repetitive nature of a brawler.
The Bottom Line: 8/10 (Great)
He-Man: MPGU is far from perfect but it incorporates so much from the original show as well as being a solid brawler that it makes this a must buy for anyone who has fond memories of sitting down in the morning eating a bowl of Count Chocula, watching He-Man…and then playing with the dolls…I mean action figures.