Megabyte Punch from Team Reptile is a brawler platformer in which you get to build your fighter. Check out our Megabyte Punch review!
In Megabyte Punch from Team Reptile, you will take on a 2D brawler action platformer in which you get to build, improve, and customize your fighter as you progress through the game. Your task is to defend the Heartcore of your village – as well as your people – from the Valk Empire and the Khoteps. The game’s main mode has six levels to offer, each with three stages and a boss fight, so the game is certainly not lacking in the content department. You’ll learn the basics during the short tutorial section, and then you’ll be ready to go!
Megabyte Punch has two gameplay modes to offer. There’s Fight Mode, in which you can go directly into a two to four players Versus match with a set number of lives and a timer, or a Tournament in which you’ll go over a series of eight battles to try and conquer all opponents. If you make it to the top four, then you’ll be rewarded with some extra bits. If you manage to win a tournament, on top of the bits, you will also end up winning a rare piece to customize your Megac with!
And then, there’s Story Mode. For this mode, you’ll be taking on a series of levels that are split into stages with boss fights at the end of each set. The gameplay, with platforming section and fights here and there, feels a bit like the Subspace Emissary mode from Super Smash Bros. Brawl since it’s a sidescrolling platformer in which you’ll fight off smaller opponents just by hitting them, but you’ll also run into brawler-style fights in closed-off areas. The twist is that your character is an evolving and changing fighter, changing abilities depending on what you have equipped on it.
Parts will grant your Megac new abilities, such as, for example, being able to launch into the air at high speed, damaging any opponents in your path, so you’ll get to customize how your Megac performs during the platforming sections and, of course, during each battle. The more parts you obtain – and the rarer the parts – the more abilities you’ll unlock for your character. Parts can also provide a boost to you Megac’s stats, increasing its damage, attack speed, armor, movement speed, etc.
You’ll move your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, sprinting by double-tapping left or right, jumping and double jumping with the X button, and attacking with the A button. You can use a special ability with the B button by pressing left, right, or up, depending on the customization part you have equipped to your Megac. If you need to block attacks, you can do so with the ZR button, and can activate a shield break attack with the ZL button to remove the shields of your opponents. If you need to check your inventory, you can do so with the Y button. Oh, and before I forget, the game features Amiibo support, so if you have some in your collection, you can use them to unlock additional customization options for your fighter.
The bits that you collect, from destroying objects or defeating enemies, can be used at the shop. While there, you’ll be able to purchase new arms, hips, heads, chests, and more, so that you can upgrade your Megac’s stats and abilities to stay on top of things and be able to take on the increasingly more difficult stages and bosses of the game. Every time you return to the village after a round of adventuring, the shop will update to include some new items in stock, so be sure to drop by to see what they have to offer!
Your inventory space is finite, so you’ll need to make the most of the available slots for carrying around different parts as you explore each stage. If you find that your inventory is full and you’ve just found a chest with a better part, you can always select to break apart some of the parts on your inventory to trade them for bits so that you can collect that extra part. The doors that lead out of one stage and into another will also help you clean up your inventory since any parts that are not equipped will be sent to your collection, so that you can start the next stage with an empty inventory.
Megabyte Punch is a fast-paced 2D platforming brawler on Nintendo Switch that offers a fun single-player and multiplayer experience – for up to four players in the game’s Story Mode, or some hectic versus battles. Being able to customize your robot – even including Amiibo support! – and adding new parts as you progress through the game to be able to unlock new abilities is a fun gameplay mechanic. Megabyte Punch is out now on Nintendo Switch for $19.99.
This Megabyte Punch review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Team Reptile.