Team Awesome in Review – A Diversion With Superheroes
Fans of the game Diversion from Ezone.com are going to feel a sense of déjà vu here, assuming you haven’t already with the several other Diversion-derived projects they’ve released in the last couple of years. Thankfully the formula’s still addictive, and there are enough differences to be found in Team Awesome that it still seems like its own game. Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) you won’t find any deep game play here, but if you’re looking for a simple diversion that could turn into an addiction, Team Awesome is your game.
You control Team Awesome, a group of innocent bystanders given extraordinary powers thanks to a freak meteor shower. In true superhero style you’ll have to stop car thieves, help old ladies across the street and more all in the name of justice. It’s more 1966 Barman than 2012 Avengers, but sometimes you need a bit of that as well. The game is currently comprised of 40 different episodes, each of which has three goals you need to accomplish. So far one has always been collecting a certain amount of money in one run. The next is do a certain number of something in one run like capturing X number of car thieves. The final task will be doing something X number of times throughout the course of playing but not necessarily on one run through.
The game is a simple one touch affair. Tap to jump and hold to fly and everything else will be taken care of simply by running into stuff. It seems to simple to be entertaining, yet like many one touch games it’s more about the atmosphere, which Team Awesome has in spades. As you run through the level you’ll collect money which can be used to unlock and upgrade power ups. Collected money and accomplished tasks provide you XP so you can level up, which in turn makes additional episodes unlockable at a reduced rate (you always have to pay to unlock a new episode, but they are more expensive if you buy them before their corresponding level). You start out with Awesome Dude, and you can unlock three more superheroes with collected coins as well. And naturally you can buy coins via IAP if you’d like.
Visually the game looks much like its predecessors, due in no small part to the fact that I’m sure it’s the same engine used by Diversion and its cousins, albeit possibly supped up a bit. Still, the varied locations are pretty cool, my favorite so far being the nuclear waste factory. There are plenty of neat little effects like steam rising from grates and pigeons flying away as you pass them and there are also lots of nice details in all the objects. The sound effects suit the game quite well, especially when it comes to the floating speaker that acts as a narrator. I just wish the actual superheroes would have some catch phrases. The music is decent enough, though it doesn’t quite feel like a superhero soundtrack.
At first glance that does seem like a skinned Diversion clone, but it has more than enough charm to stand on its own. In fact, I think I might actually like it better than Diversion. Of course it doesn’t hurt that I’m a big superhero fan since my teenage years. Whatever the case, if you like infinite runners and think the comic book superhero backdrop is cool, Team Awesome will definitely work for you. If you’re a Diversion fan that thinks you’ve had your fill, I’d still urge you to give it a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
|Reviewed Ver:||Min OS Req:||4.3|