Skull & Crossbones (Arcade) review
"If yer in the market for some rum-soaked swashbucklin’ filled with murderous buccaneers then this X marks a barely corroded doubloon o’ the beat ‘em up variety, straight and true."
Avast, ye scurvy bilge rats! If yer in the market for some rum-soaked swashbucklin’ filled with murderous buccaneers then this X marks a barely corroded doubloon o’ the beat ‘em up variety, straight and true. As that evil-smellin’, grog-swillin’ scoundrel One Eye or his chum-scarfin’ chum Red Dog, ye’ll pillage yer way ‘cross the high seas in pursuit o’ wealth, wenches, and a lubber o’ a wizard what stole yer plunder!
Aye, with greed in their hearts and lust in their loins, our cutlass-wieldin’ cap’ns sack gold-laden forts and rescue buxom beauties from the clutches o’ rival sea scum on their way to decapitatin’ this bald baddie. When yer not crossin’ blades with snooty Spaniards and skeletal hordes o’ the undead, yer travels even take ye straight into the camp o’ silent oriental assassins armed with sword and star – aye, it’s PIRATES VERSUS NINJAS! By LeChuck’s wrigglin’ beard, if that don’t shiver yer timbers then ye must be sportin’ a wooden yardarm.
And there be plenty more where that came from, me hearties. While ye’re swingin’ from the riggin’ and floggin’ the oggin’, ye can expect colorful and expressive visuals, cheesily adventurous ditties, and swordfightery that actually feels like duelin’ and not just punchin’ people with that cutter in yer hand. To win ye’ll have to parry, block, and thrust as ye seek a gap in yer opponents’ defenses, and ye can even strike a quick backhanded blow at the barmy bastard sneakin’ up from behind.
Only thing that gets me pantaloons in a twist is that to pull off these moves ye’ll have to jerk yer stick to and fro in a mighty struggle, and after a while that gets me wrists a throbbin’! The strength o’ yer attacks also decreases with every hit, so to recharge it ye have to pick up the guineas dropped by yer slain foes or risk gettin’ yer deck swabbed.
Staff review by Sho (September 19, 2006)
Sho enjoys classic video games, black comedy, and poking people until they explode -- figuratively or otherwise. He also writes a bit.
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