Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Rockman franchise (better known as Mega Man outside of Japan) is back with Rockman X-Over (pronounced "crossover").
Rockman X-Over (iOS version here) revisits some of Rockman's long and storied history in a game that's easy enough for even Rockman newbies to get into.
Check out the official video below. The background music alone is enough to get Rockman fans excited.
You control the basic production model of the new hero OVER-1 Rockman, with the ability to upgrade his various powers over time. Your job? Kill lots of bad guys. Simple.
Those tough bosses are back for more!
The stage bosses are all bosses from past Rockman games, so even if you've only played one Rockman/Mega Man game, there are sure to be some familiar faces here.
Even if you've played the most recent game in the franchise, Rockman Zero, this game features extra bosses and stuff, so there's plenty to enjoy!
Single-handed play? Yep!
After you pick a quest and an area, the action part of the game starts. The screen above shows your usual Rockman-style gameplay.
But the gameplay is a lot simpler than you may be used to. There are only two buttons, Shoot and Jump, which means all you have to do is shoot down the upper and lower level enemies to proceed. Very simple. Movement is automatic, and your charge shot capable of taking out multiple baddies also charges automatically. The third button on the right, the Giga Crush button, becomes available when you are fully charged and takes out all the enemies on a screen in one shot.
So yeah, Rockman has been simplified for play on smartphones. Rockman is a series notorious for its difficulty, so hardcore Rockman gamers will likely be a bit disappointed.
How about the boss battles?
The boss battles you've been excitedly waiting for are...turn-based. You fight using your shot, charge shot, and various skills. It's even simpler than the Battle Network series of Mega Man games with full-out RPG-style turn based battles.
For big "Master Bosses" like the one shown in the pic above and to the right, you can join up with other players to take down the boss. It's a little weird seeing all the identical Rockmen standing together, but it's an interesting feature nonetheless.
Get rid of the Doctor and make your own Rockman!
We're down to the last point, but the most important part of this game is powering up your OVER-1.
You gather cards, referred to as "battle memories," and by plugging them in to Rockman's armor, you can make your own unique OVER-1. This also changes how Rockman looks, which makes joining up to fight alongside friends a fun.
The basic Rockman game is free, but the cards you get come out randomly. I think you can play and enjoy the game just fine without paying extra, but fans that want to try out different Rockman configurations or just want to support the Rockman series are welcome to pay extra for cards.
Rockman X-Over is currently featuring a promotion where you can unlock the original Rockman armor just by logging in. Hurry up before the offer ends!
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Time played: about 1 hour
Device used: Xperia AX (SO-01E)
Publisher: Capcom Co., Ltd.
Last updated: 3/15/2013
Price: free (in-app purchases available)
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan