Sidescrolling platformers make up a large number of games that I held dear from my childhood; Super Metroid, Super Mario Bros, Castlevania, Mega Man X, Metal Slug… not to mention great contemporary examples of the genre like Shadow Complex, Hard Corps Uprising, Rayman Legends, Super Meat Boy — the list goes on and on. However, because the videogame industry is constantly evolving and changing, genres like the action platformer have fallen by the wayside. Fortunately for fans of the genre, a recently released PC indie title Intrusion 2 captures the essence of the genre, adding in new features to shift up the gameplay and bring a breath of fresh air not only to 2D sidescrollers, but to videogames as a whole.
Of course, the game is filled to the brim with the over-the-top nature of it’s predecessors like Metal Slug and Contra. Giant lizard robots, snow-camoed soldiers riding giant grey wolves, pilotable mechs with gigantic sword-arms and grapple hooks, and crazy bosses such a massive Evangelion-like robot, and a who uses a disco ball to refract your shots. Oh, and there’s plenty of crazy weapons, too.
But the best part? Pretty much anything and everything can be moved, knocked over, destroyed thanks to a robust (albeit sometimes unweildly) physics system. It doesn’t always work, but for an action side scroller of this quality, and made by just one guy, it’s forgivable.
Intrusion 2’s animations and sprites are gorgeous, the sound track is properly energetic and rocking, and the entire package is entertaining throughout. If you’re a fan of the genre, or have ten bucks burning a hole in your pocket, jump on this game. And if you’re unsure, click the link below and download the demo (straight from the Humble Bundle chaps, no less).