Nicked from Nintendo.
This is the best Super Smash Bros. clone we have ever played. Let’s lead with that, because it’s absolutely true. Developer Ludosity has turned in a top party fighter with Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and that’s an achievement that shouldn’t be sniffed at.
You hit hard and fast, with movement that’s snappy and responsive. Characters are beautifully rendered and animated, but in a way that doesn’t intrude on the fighting action. It’s enormous fun clocking all the gags: Patrick Star, for example, has his iconic “Is this the Krusty Krab?” “No, this is Patrick!” telephone slam as his side-heavy attack. This kind of fanservice is laced through the whole game, with each of the 20 stages laden with references – we loved Mr Horse space-jogging by in Ren and Stimpy’s ‘Space Madness’ arena. Unlike its inspiration, there are no items, but this isn’t a bad thing as it forces you to get better rather than rely on lucky drops.
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