League of Evil is a 2D platformer where the goal is to complete levels as fast as possible aiming for 3 stars. There’s also a hidden collectible in each level that you can try grabbing while also hitting a 3-star time, but that isn’t necessary. If you’ve played Super Meat Boy, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for here. It may not be original, but the key to every successful platform game is tight controls, and League of Evil succeeds there.

Positives

+ Tight controls are mandatory for fast-paced platforming, and that’s accomplished here. From pinpoint jumps through spikes, to wall jumping past twirling hammers, timing is everything and is rewarded.

+ The fast nature of the levels makes them very addicting and gives that “one more try” itch a lot of games have been going for. Instant respawning keeps the pace up and you’ll for sure not be able to put the controller down until you’ve tackled a level with ease.

+ Well over 100 levels that each feel unique and offer a nice challenge. The difficulty stays fair.

Negatives

For as good as the controls are, the hitbox seems slightly off. There are moments you’re sure you’ve just nailed a jump but will die anyway. This adds some frustration in later levels.

The stage and music variety leaves a lot to be desired. The levels aren’t repetitive themselves, but they can feel that way due to a lack of varied backgrounds or music.

Conclusion

League of Evil is right up my alley, as a fast-paced platformer with good controls. The simple visuals and lack of variety leave a lot to be desired, but the gameplay comes through where other parts fail. It’s moderately difficult and can provide a nice challenge for any kind of platform fan. It’s worth playing at the very least, even if I don’t have a ton of high praise to throw at it. Everything is polished enough that I enjoyed it, but probably won’t ever go back to it.

Score – 6.5/10

 

*Reviewer spent 3-4 hours completing the game (including the 4th “impossible” world), and unlocked all of the achievements.

Achievements/Trophies - There's 21 in total (+1 on PS4). 
They require getting all stars/colletibles on each world. However, this doesn't have to be done in the same run if you find yourself struggling to do both at once. Probably a 3-5hr completion depending on skill.
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Written by Shawn Ryan

I've been gaming for almost 30 years, with a vast array of knowledge (and Gamerscore) under my belt. I play everything, and tend to find the good even in bad games. There will never be a game better than The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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