Having always been a fan of beat-em-ups, despite their tendency to get bogged down to some degree with repetition, I’ve been thrilled to see new ideas brought to the table. In the case of Conan Chop Chop, aside from having 4 different characters to choose from who are tuned for slightly different styles of play, it’s the addition of roguelike elements that do a decent job of keeping each run a bit fresh. The sheer volume of potential bits of gear, in particular those that grant your perks, pets, or other varied enhancements, really make for each run feeling a bit different depending on what you’re able to buy or pick up… and since you’ll steadily continue to unlock more the depth in that area just continues to grow. While it’s certainly playable solo that’s a bit of a tough road, so the inclusion of support for both local and online co-op for up to 4 total players is absolutely essential for getting the most out of it possible. While not as deep or visually-impressive as some of the top-tier games in the space its approachable nature and reasonably-cheap pricetag make it a great option for co-op and beat-em-up fans alike.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]