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If you like Streets of Rage, there’s a good chance you’ll like this. It doesn’t bring anything revolutionary to the table but Qubyte has done a fine job of capturing the essence of the classic beat-em-ups of the ‘90s, and although there’s a little bit of repetitiveness in it, this is a title that’s worth playing.
99 Lives is a "me against the neighborhood" with which anyone can travel to the times when the genre lived a golden age and enjoy a title with a lot of content and a lot of fun to play, both alone and with others.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
99Vidas' humour can be very hit and miss, and the game's challenging difficulty level may put some people off. But persist and you'll find it a rewarding and hugely enjoyable brawling experience that will have you coming back for more.
While the beat 'em up genre will be lost on most gamers, and the story experience isn't that long in 99Vidas to keep some engaged, there is still some fun to be had in this game. It kicks up some nostalgia of what once was cool in the arcades and at home during the 16-bit war, while trying to mix in some new material and motivation to keep the experience going. QUByte did a good job with their action title, so definitely give it a look.
Although being a bit repetitive, 99Vidas is a fun release that will play the nostalgia angle to charm gamers. Beat 'em ups, by nature, feature repetitive gameplay, but 99Vidas does a good job at keeping things fun while paying homage to some of the classics in the genre. If you're a fan of beat 'em ups, then you should check this one out from – especially if you have some friends to play laong with!
99Vidas is an affectionate homage to scrolling beat em ups of the 80s and 90s. It's also a fun game to spend an afternoon with, regardless of age and skill. There's not a lot of content and you can run through the story mode in a few hours, but local and online co-op, unlockable characters, and the promise of more levels should give it some lasting appeal.
99Vidas managed to surprise us: a product that fans of the beat 'em up genre should look into. Being a low budget indie we're satisfied as it is, even if it could have been even better.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Brawlers are meant to be played in one sitting, with friends, while the sound of button smashing drowns out the catchy music coming out of the TV. By that standard alone 99Vidas is successful.
99Vidas is a good old-fashioned beat'em up, a tribute to a virtually extinct genre. A title that by its simplicity will delight the old gamers.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
99 Vidas is a perfectly charming, if uneven take on the side-scrolling brawler that spends far too much time with one eye on the past rather than looking to the future of the genre.
While 99Vidas puts some effort into the proceedings it’s also trapped in being a bit too ordinary among multiple titles that manage to be more ambitious and deliver more of a value-added experience. With some friends it would make a great game for everyone to enjoy for a playthrough or two but in particular as a solo experience it’s impossible to ignore that it doesn’t do much to break away from the same games it has so much reverence for. Throwbacks can be fun but 99Vidas just seems to be an amalgam of elements from well-known games that fails to put the pieces together to make something more. It’s not a bad romp, but its staying power is questionable.
If Double Dragon, Final Fight, Streets of Rage or Golden Axe were your go-to coin-ops on childhood trips to the arcade, 99Vidas might well resurface some fond, pre-millennium memories. But alas, nostalgia only gets a game so far, and once the thrill-ride is over, there's very little reason to return for a second playthrough.
It is a solid, if not uninspired beat 'em up that delivers exactly what it promises. I would have loved to see online co-op and better paced levels. As it sits though this is a solid purchase for anyone who grew up with games like Streets of Rage or Final Fight.
This genre is for a special crowd of players that either love the genre or have loved it since they were kids. They're not the deepest experiences, and they are definably better with friends. Playing alone can be a bit of a drag, as some levels go on longer then needed. Though bring a few friends, get on the couch, have some snacks and enjoy a few hours of old school arcade fun. Sometimes that's all you need.
99Vidas is rather competent at the old-school beat'em up genre and has a good art style and soundtrack to match. On the experience level, however, there are frustrating elements which are particularly noticeable on single player and which end up making 99Vidas a more lacklustre experience compared to some of its peers.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
99Vidas is a perfectly competent brawler game that does nothing to reinvent the genre, but is a solid enough example of it. Short without a lot of variety, I wish the story and main characters were more interesting, but at least the visual style suits it and the music is fantastic.
What it all comes down to is that 99Vidas simply isn't as fun as it could be. A good beat 'em up is more than just hitting bad guys until they fall over. There has to be enough nuance and depth for skilful players to develop their own style, while using very little, if any, resources, such as health restoring food or lives. There also have to be enough leniencies to make the game appealing to someone who just wants a "mindless" yet still entertaining button masher. This game deserves top marks for its aesthetics and charm, but its mechanics and overall design leave something to be desired. If the difficulty was better balanced and the heroes had more viable attack options, this would be a title deserving of a spot in any brawler fan's library.