About The Game
Jump into the action as the Big Hero 6 team takes on a new mission in Big Hero 6: Battle In the Bay on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS!
After the events of the movie, a new threat rises in the form of gangster Yama, who unleashes a flood of battlebots onto San Fransokyo! Interact with the stars of the film – Hiro Hamada, Baymax, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred – in this action platformer to save both the city and your own identity!
As robotics genius, Hiro, use your electro-mag gauntlets to send enemies flying, then switch to other team members to make use of their unique skills and weapons, such as GoGo's super speed, or Wasabi's stunning plasma blades. You can even deploy Fred's Kaiju suit to smash the bad guys like a raging king of monsters!
With comic-book stylings, thumping action, and a stack of battlebots to wreck, Big Hero 6: Battle In the Bay is robotic excitement to the max, only on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS!
· Continue the story to defend San Fransokyo city from rampaging battlebots!
· Play as powerful heroes from the film in this blazing action platformer
· Use unique skills and weapons to blast through levels and defeat the evil gangster, Yama
· Comic-book presentation makes for big colour and even bigger action!
Lets get the honesty out of the way first.
I haven't seen the movie Big Hero 6 & I have absolutely no desire to ever do so! (But at some point I inevitably will thanks kids!)
But that has no bearing on the review.
The game takes place after the movie which is something of a double edged sword.
Fans of the film may well be disappointed they can't play out parts of the movies while those that have yet to see it can play the game without any spoilers ruining it for them.
I'm also generally of the opinion that not following the movie script gives the developers more creative freedom in making a game therefore at least theoretically giving them more room to improve the overall product.
The game plays as a fairly standard side scrolling beat em up, full of collectables.
The game plays as a side scrolling beat em up (which I was most pleased to hear having ploughed thousands of gaming hours into the genre over the last 30 years)
It's also very high on collectables which again suits me fairly well as I'm one of those 100% gamers who likes to beat the game properly.
Collecting the 4 letters to spell Hero will unlock a challenge level (beating this and obtaining 4 parts on each of the challenge levels will unlock some game art and concept screens)
Find all 5 health upgrades on each level will unlock upgrades for your characters.
Find Mochi (a cat) on each level unlocks a figurine.
So the game has much to aim for and find if you want to obtain 100% status.
You can also pick up capsules from defeated foes to earn special powers (I beat the entire game only using each of these once just to see what they did they won't be used much my more experienced gamers but of course this game isn't especially marketed towards such gamers in the first place)
There are plenty of unlocks to find each level has 4 letter tiles, Mochi the Cat and 5 Health upgrades to pick up.
In total the game features 21 levels (18 normal side scrolling levels and 3 boss fight levels)
to just blitz the 21 levels with little regard for all the collectables will likely take experienced gamers under 3 hours maybe an hour or more for younger gamers.
However grabbing all collectables and taking on the additional challenge levels to beat the game entirely should offer even experienced gamers in excess of 6 or 7 hours game play & again probably at least a couple of hours more for the games more targeted audience.
So far the game seems to check a lot of boxes, a decent amount of game play hours, a series it's target audience will likely gravitate towards.
But inevitably there are a few less positive points, there is very little variety in terms of enemies or level design and on a few occasions it can be hard to tell what is a background building and what's a platform.
The generic style of fighting will also be criticised by some too but this is a genre that rarely sees much development in such areas.
It's also a bit strange that you can't play as all characters from the movie.
You'll have to face 3 big bosses in the game but they look much harder than they actually are to beat.
So much to unlock it should at the very least double the play time of those that want 100% status.
Each character plays differently.
Takes place after the movie so no spoilers for those that haven't seen it yet.
Difficulty is about right for it's target audience
One of the games many unlockable figurines.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
You can only play as 4 of the heroes.
Level and enemy design largely lacks variety.
Experienced gamers won't find any challenge difficulty wise
The game's later levels unfortunately don't look all that different to early ones.
Ultimately how much anyone will get from a game completely depends on how much they enjoy it.
There is plenty to collect here and a good amount of game play hours to go with it.
If you don't mind the repetitive nature of the games attacks, levels and enemies you'll get a good amount Of play time.
If you want / expect every level to look & play differently then maybe you'll be wanting to look elsewhere.
A review copy of the game was provided by Avanquest Software and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.