ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.5 stars
Sometimes it's refreshing to play a game crafted by an indie developer that doesn't have to answer to a board of directors. Sure it may not feature top-notch visuals or Hollywood voice acting, but it also doesn't have to adhere to safe formulas that ensure cash returns. "BattleBlock Theater" is a prime example of an outrageous game that's as wildly humorous as it is fun to play.
What would you do if you were enjoying a boat ride with your bestest friend in the world one minute and then found yourself shipwrecked on an island ruled by cats the next? After saying "what the hell?" to yourself and exclaiming, "I love Hello Kitty!" out loud, you'd set off to find your friend, that's what!
These aren't ordinary felines, however, but technologically advanced sadistic animals with a penchant for sending unwary travelers to their doom! Now it's up to players to don the head of their choice (you read that right) and jump through laser beams, buzzsaws and whatever else comes their way to save their friend and escape the madness.
High-quality platform games are about as common as a tidy litter box, but "BattleBlock Theater" is a wonderful exception. This gem of a game features tight controls and challenging jumping puzzles, which are a must for the genre. It continues throwing new game play mechanics at players and features a multitude of hidden secrets to uncover.
Surprisingly, this platformer also offers a bevy of frantic multiplayer modes that are guaranteed to make players laugh out loud! I also love fiddling with the level editor to see if I can top the developers' mad creations.
"BattleBlock Theater" may sport simplistic visuals, but the addictive game play will keep players entertained until the cats come home.