You forget, don’t you, just how strange Power Rangers is. Its brand of energetic combat and over-the-top drama began as a weird repurposing of Japanese superhero serial Super Sentai, before morphing into a toy, TV and movie series in its own right.
And Power Rangers: All Stars is proof that it’s still going strong today. As the title suggests, this game takes in every era and flavour of the Mighty Morphin’ series and throws it all together into a battle game with appropriately quick combat and a memorably odd roster of baddies.
So, you’ll start with a small team of fighters – in this case a Red and Blue Power Ranger – before steadily unlocking and upgrading a whole load of hyperactive heroes, each with their own different attack style.
In keeping with the rest of the franchise, the enemies are really strange – a mix of odd cat-skull things, green mutants with dribbling, gappy teeth and blue alien chaps with a chainsaw for one arm and a drill for the other. And they’re all called things like Slasher, Minion, Horned Toad and, um, Sir Mottles.
Unlike a lot of other games like this, you have plenty of control over your heroes – you can reposition them around the battlefield to fit their fighting style, leaving close combat brawlers in the middle of the action while those with weapons can stand back and pick off baddies from a distance.
Alternatively, as if the combat wasn’t already pacy enough, you can double the speed of the game and watch as your Rangers get stuck in automatically.
So there’s something for everyone here – Power Rangers superfans will appreciate the huge cast and callbacks to the different TV series and movies, while casual players can either watch battle unfold or get involved themselves.
Either way, All Stars is a suitably over-the-top expression of all things Power Rangers that unfolds at a million miles an hour.