By Alec Meer on March 12th, 2014 at 10:00 am.
No, Meer, no – do not disappear down the rabbit hole of researching dimly-remembered toys from your youth. There are books I could have read – books I could have written – during the wasted hours spent with Wiki pages about Boglins and Visionaries and Inhumanoids. Don’t type in He-Man. Please don’t type in He-Man.
And don’t play this freebie He-Man fan game, because its careful, gorgeous recreation of the 80s cartoon look will only send you back to Wikipedia. In any case, Mattel will surely strike this animation-like, side-scrolling beat ‘em up from existence any second now, so grab it while you can.
It is what it is, and it is what it looks like, which is to say a Streets of Rage-style affair with big, chunky characters who look plucked directly from the 80s cartoon about a hulking half-naked, half-pacifist brute with a sword. Smack, smack, smack the enemies, coo at the nostalgic soundtrack and even shove a copy onto your phone if you like. If it’s all too late for that by the time you read this, here’s a video of what you missed:
bWWd’s clear labour of 80s love features He-Man, Battlecat, Man at Arms, Teela, Orko (seriously, Orko?) and all your favourites, apart from yours. No awkward health and safety featurettes yet, however.
So far it’s got nine stages and one boss fight, though more’s expected if Skeletor decides to let it live. Here’s where to download it from, by the power of Gamejolt.
Spotted via Size Five Games. But they didn’t make it, so don’t shout at them, lawyers.