Platform: Xbox One
Imagine a multiplayer battle game where the key doesn't revolve around battling. Yeah, at that rate it could just be a board game or a scramble for particular goals, but, hey, sometimes the idea can simply work – one look at #IDARB will convince you of that. Well, Adult Swim Games (with Big Pixel Studios) has something new for you to cash in on, and while Mega Coin Squad has some questionability with certain online aspects, there's no question that it's worth its weight in gold.
The main goal of the game is to run through a series of stages with chosen characters – in which there are five to choose from, each with certain attributes – and collect the number of coins as indicated by the preset goal. Of course, there are secondary factors to consider as well, such as picking up weapons to subdue enemies, whether or not you want to "cash in" early, and if you can beat some of the better online leaderboard times out there. There's so much more to this game than the old-school retro theme lets on.
Pick and Choose, Then Cash In
With each character, you have certain moves that you can use to your advantage, whether it's climbing walls, busting through solid granite to reach new areas, or another given skill. That's why it's vital to experiment with each one in Mega Coin Squad and see who's right for you overall – you'll never know what works best if you don't try, after all.
But the stages themselves are terrific, consistently shifting with new platforms that appear randomly, along with enemies, bombs and other things that tend to make coin collecting with each additional round. Even the single player mode, which is pretty much cut and dry with its simplistic goals, has its moments thanks to the ever-shifting scope of stage design. It makes you eager to try again, just to see if you can get a better time as you cash in your coins to the stagnant piggy bank awaiting below.
While the concept is a bit one-note, the execution is anything but, as the game offers a number of additional goals to complete in order to earn stars that can unlock new gear and other exclusive items, through a random wheel spin. You can complete a stage with a full collection run before "cashing in" to end it, as well as taking no hits from enemies and hustling when it comes to the ticking clock. Better still, you can race for the best time on the leaderboards, although there's really quite a bit of competition on there right now. You've got your coin collecting skills cut out for you.
Bring Your Friends, Because There's None Online
One drawback to Mega Coin Squad that's worth pointing out is that there's no online play. There are leaderboards, so that's something, but the fact that the game has an addictive multiplayer mode and no way to share it with others online is a bit of a hassle. I mean, it's actually quite good.
Here's how it works – friends dash off in several directions on a stage to collect as many coins as they can, then rush back to fill up the piggy bank before others can. It's like Smash Bros., except without the full physical contact. That's fine, because it can lead to quite a few exciting matches with others, as you pick up new collection techniques and eventually become your own millionaire, judging by how much you pick up.
In short, local multiplayer is a complete gas, and more than enough justification for picking up Mega Coin. Plus, it'll give you something to do in-between your die-hard sessions of #IDARB. And yes, there are still plenty of people who divulge in that madness…
A Good Looking Collection Run
While Mega Coin Squad doesn't exactly take advantage of the Xbox One hardware at hand (it looks more like a title that'd be right at home on a SNES or Genesis), it does appeal to the retro nature of players, and that's just fine. The level designs are sharp and, at the same time, producing plenty of nostalgia, and the screen conveniently zooms out to keep track of all the players, without making them look too microscopic. Plus, those 8-bit style animations are incredibly cute, whether it's a piggy bank happily smiling your way as you fill it (wait, that sounded a bit off) or your character busting through walls better than Mario ever could.
The music could've used a little more variety, but what's here is pleasant enough that you won't be thrown off, with plenty of fun little tunes playing while you bash your way into this virtual banker's delight. The sound effects are okay as well, whether you're into wall-bursting noises or hearing an enemy get wiped out. There's no voicework, though, and that probably would've done something a little more for character personality – even on an 8-bit level.