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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.
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.
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
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.
Not hugely unique but definitely engaging, 99 Vidas is an excellent tribute to side-scrollers, brawlers and some of the past three decades' standout games.
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
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.
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.