Beat Street is a brawler. Specifically, a touchscreen brawler. We’ve seen a few touchscreen brawlers in recent times but none do the genre justice quite as well as Beat Street does. You could say that Beat Street does it just right.
The game is incredibly simple, so simple that you need only one finger to play it, yet it feels like you can do so much with just that. Despite the lack of access controls and buttons on the screen, you’re in more control here than in most other touchscreen brawlers out there. If anything, we’re happy to be rid of all the buttons on the screen which normally only served as distractions.
You control a character whose goal is to rid the city of rats. Well not just rats, but other rodents too. And not the small kind. These are the huge, standing-on-two-legs-and-can-talk-gangster kind of rodents. You simply swipe to move your character and tap the screen when near an enemy to have your character unleash a volley of punches and kicks. Walk into an enemy and you grapple them, now you can land a few free hits or maybe toss them into an obstacle or their own teammates. Keep landing combos and you’ll charge up your combo bar which lets you unleash a cool-looking special move. You also have access to other moves like flying kicks and charge attacks which consume some of your combo bar, so you want to use those wisely.
As you play the game, you unlock character tokens, which can be used to buff/level up characters you have and unlock new ones. There’s an energy system in place, which is somewhat expected of a free-to-play game. The game can also be a bit grindy, which is again, somewhat expected of a free-to-play game. However, when the game is as fun as this is, you don’t really mind the grind. It can get a bit repetitive over time, but you end up stopping eventually when you run out of energy anyway. But they do add obstacles into levels to spice things up every now and then.
Visually, Beat Street uses cutesy cartoon graphics, not something you normally associate with brawlers but it incorporates this into the game really well. The animations are great and the controls are smooth. The music and sound effects are also apt and go well with the overall theme of the game. Overall, Beat Street is a fun game and a nod to brawlers’ of old.
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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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