If you yearn for the days of classic beat ‘em ups, allow us to recommend Adventures of Kidd: a game that expertly blends retro references and modern, made-for-mobile play.
It certainly crams plenty into its relatively simple set-up. As our hero walks left to right across sunny beaches and snowy tundra, he’s met by some unsavoury sorts ready to rumble.
And so with just a virtual joystick and two buttons, Kidd punches and kicks his way right through wave after wave of these ne’er-do-wells.
The moves feel familiar but flexible – you can give these baddies a beating in a variety of ways, and you’re rewarded for doing so. The slide attack is handy for inflicting damage on foes laying prone on the floor, for example, and the uppercut, if it lands correctly, sends you and your assailant skywards where you can unleash a flurry of punches mid-air. Pow!
The cheeky nods to the classics keep things breezy too – clear a screen full of baddies without taking a hit and you’ll hear a ‘Perfect!’ straight out of your old arcade favourites. And the satisfying ding of the collectibles will send a pang of nostalgia straight through players of a certain age.
Adventures of Kidd is both a love letter to the classics and a charming fighting game in its own right – and unlike the arcade cabinets of yore, it won’t keep asking you to fritter away all of your pocket money.