Though its thin overall roster may lack depth, this budget fighter looks and plays great, and has a remarkable Story Mode to boot!
Oh, how I love to talk about indie games that over-deliver for a fair price, and Them’s Fightin’ Herds may just be one of the strongest super combos of two very different flavors of gameplay in one pack I’ve seen for quite some time. You see, at its core this is really a fighting game, and a perfectly respectable one at that, though its current roster of characters is admittedly on the thin side. The thing is, as smooth as its controls and animations are, and with pretty well every character having their own general look, distinct voice, and personality to spare it’s easy to let that worry fall away a bit. Absolutely looking like My Little Pony: Ass-Kicking is Magic in many ways, this all comes together to make for quite a bit of entertainment against friends, online, or against the CPU. The cherry on top, though, is a pretty extensive and highly-competent RPG-esque Story mode where you’ll learn the lore behind the game, explore, find secrets, and fight against the dark forces trying to return to terrorize your world. While perhaps they tried to handle a few too many styles of play (the platforming sections are the weakest by far, but tolerable) this legitimately feels like a worthwhile game unto itself. Put these two things together and while neither individual game may be at the top of their class, as a package for a very reasonable asking price it’s absolutely an amazing value and far more worth checking out than a quick look at its art style may imply.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.6]