At its core, Unruly Heroes feels like Rayman Legends meets Trine, beautifully combining platforming and character-swapping puzzle mechanics, with solid combat. There are 4 characters with similar movesets; two who can double jump, and two that can float. Each has a wide range of attacks allowing you to pull off numerous combos. They've also got a multi-direction dash, allowing them to cover more distance in the air and avoid trouble. As well as this, each character has their own unique ultra attack which powers up with each attack that's landed.
Most of the game's puzzles revolve around swapping characters and using statues where they're allocated a different ability. One can turn their staff into a large platform, another can bounce projectiles off walls to hit buttons, and another can inflate his body and float through the air. The large range of enemies and situations keeps the combat refreshing and fun, and some of the boss fights in particular are excellent.
Level design is always interesting and varied. In some, you possess other characters, introducing new mechanics. In one particular level you have to possess a wolf, you're then able to use the wolf's howl to get other wolves in both the foreground and background to aid you by pushing buttons and shooting targets. This alone seems like a mechanic for a game in itself, so it's particularly impressive to see it used here as a sort of side mission.
For the most part, the game is stunning - the background, foreground and effects will often wow you. Unfortunately it's slightly let down by some of the character models that don't quite live up to this standard. The gameplay is mostly smooth, however during loading screens you're able to control a band and play music, and more often than not the game really lags here.
With 29 levels averaging 15 minutes each, plus unlockable outfits, hidden scrolls, and drop in co-op, there's a lot here.
The fact that we're still not sure if Unruly Heroes is a multiplayer game or a single player game is a testament to the fact that it does both so well. Whilst playing with friends you're missing out on a great single player experience, while playing alone leaves you missing out on some fun co-op gameplay. Either way, you'll have a blast.
UNRULY HEROES / DEVELOPER & PUBLISHER: MAGIC DESIGN STUDIOS / PLATFORM: PC, PS4, SWITCH, XBOX ONE / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW