I love Cartoon Network, though it’s for different reasons these days. I used to watch it a lot in my younger days and the more adult oriented Adult Swim stuff, but these days I love it because my kids enjoy it. There are a lot of really creative shows now that it’s hard for me to keep up, but my kids usually keep me informed of what’s cool these days. Some of their favorites are Teen Titan Go, Steven Universe, and Unikitty. When I had the chance to check out the latest from the Cartoon Network, OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes, I of course asked my kids if the show was any good. They assured me that it was, though they couldn’t quite explain to me what it was all about. With that, I figured I’d dive right in.
Warning: Don’t watch video above if you want to stay spoiler free.
OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is obviously based on the Cartoon Network show, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. Created by Ian Jones-Quartey, the show is about a young boy name K.O. and his quest to become the greatest hero in the world. Most of the game seems to take place at the Lakewood Strip Mall where K.O. works at Gar’s Hero Supply and Bodega. The game apparently follows the show’s story so I figured this would be a great way to get acclimated with it without actually having to watch the show.
There won’t be any story spoilers in this review in case you’ve never seen the show or played the game. Instead, I’ll be mainly commenting on gameplay and presentation, though I will say that from what I’ve played so far, the story is very good with excellent voice acting. Both kids and adults should really enjoy this.
Fans of the show will notice that the art style of the game is much different from the actual show. You can see this when you first start of the game and see the difference between the opening intro and the actual game. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing though because the visual style in the game is really good. It kinda has that Steven Universe feel to it where everything is is filled with solid, bright colors. In fact, I’ll say that I actually prefer the visual style of the game over the show. It’s a lot cleaner looking and the character designs are really good. Same goes for all the backdrops and environments.
There’s a lot to tickle your auditory senses here. Not all the dialog has voice overs, but a fair amount does. There’s honestly nothing worse in an RPG than when you need to read all the dialog. I’m happy to see here that a lot of it is voiced and what dialog there is that you need to read isn’t very long and drawn out.
The music in the game is also very well done, but most Cartoon Network games are like that. Overall audio is a great compliment to the visuals and should not disappoint.
OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is basically a simplified RPG with other genres mixed in. It’s got card collecting, real time fighting, and and the occasion quest completing. It’s a very well rounded game and something in it for everyone.
For the majority of the game, you’ll be questing. That means you’ll be exploring and walking around while talking to fellow heroes and friends. Usually someone will give you some objective to complete and you just do it to move on. None of the objectives are particularly difficult and their easy enough to move the story along at a good pace.
The game is also a fighting game that is surprisingly fun and fluid. While the moves are pretty simplistic, K.O. has a pretty decent range of moves that allows for kicking, punching, and even dodging. And because these encounters are in real time and not turn based, it’s not as boring and is more down to skill than luck.
Another aspect of the game is hero card collecting and leveling up. You can purchase card packs from the vending machine or gain them as rewards and then level them up to unlock their special “Powie-Zomwie” powers. You can then use these cards during the fight sequences for an upper hand. It’s an interesting feature and adds more depth to the fights.
OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is a very good game from Cartoon Network. Bonus if you’re a fan of the cartoon series, but even if you’re not, this is still a really enjoyable game with a great mix of story, action, and adventure. It’s got a lot of things going for it and there really isn’t a reason not to enjoy it.
So in closing, I think Cartoon Network has another winner here in OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes. Because of this game, I’m going to start checking out the show.
Received a code from Cartoon Network for coverage purposes.
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