Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! Review: Gorgeous beat ’em up is a great homage to original comics

The iconic duo Asterix & Obelix return with a gorgeous new hand-drawn beat ’em up from developers Mr. Nutz Studio.

Asterix & Obelix have a long gaming history and have made an appearance during every gaming generation. There have been many different video game adaptations of Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny’s beloved work.

This won’t be the first time the pair are starring in a beat ’em up, with Konami’s arcade classics being the first. Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! takes place across several different stories from the original comic books.

The game is split into different acts that adapt a major storyline from the original series. Each level is separated by a narrated cutscene that will feature many favourite characters such as Impedimenta, Vitalstatistix or Getafix.

Asterix & Obelix return in a brand new adventure
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Mr. Nutz Studio / Microïds)

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! is an amazing homage to the original work that’s full of nostalgia for old fans whilst being a great way to introduce the series newcomers.

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! is simply stunning, its hand-drawn graphics are uncanny to their comic book counterparts.

The developers, Mr. Nutz Studio has done a stellar job at recreating Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny’s iconic art style with beautiful character models and lush levels.

With the inclusion of onomatopoeia sound effects, Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! is literally playing a living comic.

Each level is accompanied by a cheerful soundtrack that doesn’t feel too random or like it’s just been included for the sake of it.

The game includes voice acting throughout each level, with Asterix & Obelix shouting recognisable quotes during battle.

The game features beautiful hand drawn animations
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Mr. Nutz Studio / Microïds)

The cutscenes include a fully voiced narration which is a nice touch. Although it would’ve been nice if the characters had voice acting too and it wasn’t just limited to actual levels.

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! is a side-scrolling beat ’em up that’s divided into several acts taking place all over Europe.

Each act is split into levels where players will control Asterix & Obelix to defeat hordes of enemies. The game has also thrown in some special levels that won’t involve fighting at all and are a nice way to break up the action.

The levels themselves are very linear and rather short, but they make up for these shortcomings by being packed full of enemies.

Each level is full of enemies and not short of action, but I would’ve preferred if there were multiple paths and secrets worked in.

Players will control Asterix & Obelix, being able to switch between them, on the fly. They each can chain together light and heavy attacks into combos.

Major characters and storylines are featured throughout the game
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Mr. Nutz Studio / Microïds)

The pair are pretty much the same in that regard but they have different special moves and unique abilities that will cost a lighting bolt.

But In all honesty, Obelix’s grab and slap is probably the most effective move in the game as the player will be able to constantly slap their opponent whilst holding them in the air.

This great move might be seen as cheap due to the fact Obelix won’t have to pay any lighting bolts to keep the move going.

The gameplay is fun and easy to master, but it can become repetitive as neither character can learn any new attacks or upgrade their existing ones.

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! may have an aesthetic aimed at young children, but the game has enemies that are actually quite formidable.

Enemies present different strategies and even work together. The Roman soldiers will divide into two divisions, with the swordsmen attacking you in the front and the spearmen staying back to pelt you with spears.

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! is a perfect homage to the original comics
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Mr. Nutz Studio / Microïds)

The Normans will try and circle you so they bounce you back and forth between them. There may be a limited amount of enemies throughout but it was great to face off and learn a new enemy’s attack pattern.

The game has boss battles featuring major villains from the comic, but honestly, they didn’t feel any different from grunts that filled each level.

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! is a well-worked game but could do with some quality of life improvements to make the experience just that little bit more enjoyable.

Firstly, levels will end if Asterix or Obelix dies, which is frustrating as they don’t share one health bar. I understand this might be to help enforce the original experience as you can’t really have one without the other.

Levels can be long and there aren’t any checkpoints, you restart from the beginning even after losing a boss battle.

It would’ve also been great if Asterix & Obelix could learn new attacks or upgrade existing ones, which will make combat less repetitive.

There isn’t much to unlock other than the free mode and players won’t be able to replay a stage until they have completed the game.

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Verdict

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All! is a fun addition to the beat ’em up genre, that can be surprisingly challenging at times.

It’s a stunning homage to the original comics that will excite fans whilst being a great way to introduce newcomers to the series.

The game is lacking some much-needed depth, and even though it’s a good length, there are still many missing features that are synonymous with the beat ’em up genre.

Asterix And Obelix Slap Them All! is out on the 2nd December for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

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