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Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

47

Top Critic Average

18%

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchOct 12, 2017
PlayStation VitaOct 10, 2017

Developer: Ratalaika Games

Genre: Arcade

Squareboy vs Bullies is an old school beat-'em-up by Rohan Narang that follows the titular Squareboy and his quest for justice! For far too long the Bullies have gone unpunished and with no one else to put them in their place, Squareboy finds himself standing up against them to do what is right, not just for himself, but for everyone the Bullies victimised. Will you help Squareboy fight off the Bullies? Retro pixel art graphics and OST with 14 different chiptune tracks Fight in many different locations across Squareburg New Arena mode Never before seen Bullies New UI screen that takes advantage of the entire screen

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Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition Reviews

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At the end of the day, Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition is a serviceable beat-em-up that doesn't go out of its way to stand out. While it does have a distinct Gameboy-inspired feel, its repetitive level design, disappointing enemy variety, and lack of content make for a middling five dollar experience.

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Squareboy is a decent beat-em-up, if a little on the short side. The Switch version is definitely the better version of the game but perhaps doesn't quite do enough to justify the cost when a free option is available elsewhere. This isn't a bad game by any means – in fact, we had a rather enjoyable time playing through the story levels – but its flaws and inability to stand out from the crowd stop it from being a sure-fire hit.

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Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition could be seen under a positive light, as it contributes to the presence of a very underrepresented genre in the Switch catalog. Unfortunately it doesn't have much more going for it, as most of its elements could certainly be improved and if anything, it only motivates going back to its inspirational material.

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Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition has its origins in the mobile segment, where most games are very simple to play. This does not mean that those traits have to remain the same when the game is converted to a games' console. Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition for the 3DS is too close to its mobile origins for its own sake, featuring generic levels, little originality and a too short lifespan that will not captivate the players for long enough.

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