One aspect of indie games we should all be thankful for is their ability to not take themselves too seriously. Where so many AAA games try to act as though their overblown comic-esque narratives were like the second coming of the Bard of Stratford, indie games are willing to hold their hands up and say, “It’s a game; it’s fun; that’s all.”
One such game is Second Chance Heroes. It stars a resolutely serious character, Abraham Lincoln, but casts him in a hilarious new role, as the chainsaw-wielding player-character of a hack-n-slasher. Abe is one of twelve historical figures who have been cloned in order to save the world from monsters, zombies and evil stuff. These historical figures have gotten bored of their cloistered lives inside history books and are looking to kick some evil ass. It’s whacky; but that’s how we like it.
With Second Chance Heroes, Rocket City Studios have mastered the hack-n-slash genre and have added hilarity in the form of a witty premise. The result is a wonderfully entertaining and fresh gaming experience. Head over to the developers website for more on Second Chance Heroes.
Abraham Lincoln is joined by Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Leonardo da Vinci and Queen Elizabeth, all of whom can be purchased with coins that are earned by completing various challenges. Each character has two fun abilities, which are either of a projectile of melee nature.
The levels in Second Chance Heroes are guided, with pathways closed off in front and behind. That said, the levels are large enough to offer a sense of freedom. Enemies attack you from every angle, coming in gangs, some being fast, others slow, some intelligent, others thick as a post. The challenge in Second Chance Heroes come via the quantity of enemies. You’ll need to make the most of your special abilities if you are to survive.
Second Chance Heroes isn’t perfect—but then, which game is? It would be great if the lag that occurs during online play could be cured, but this is just a small gripe. Second Chance Heroes is a solid hack n slasher that brought a whiff of nostalgia to me, reminding me of those good old Turtles in Time and Goldenaxe days.
Rocket City Studios have mastered the hack-n-slash genre and have added hilarity in the form of a witty premise. The result is a wonderfully entertaining and fresh gaming experience. Head over to the developers website for more on Second Chance Heroes.
OVERALL: **** out of 5