League of Evil (Review)
League of Evil is a 2D platformer designed for quick gameplay sessions. While some platformers feature large stages to explore, League of Evil opts instead to feature a multitude of tiny levels. Each can be completed within seconds, and the game ranks you at the end of each level based on your completion time. However, they’re often quite challenging, which forces you to try repeatedly before you can finally reach the end. With 140 levels to play through, League of Evil provides plenty of content despite its quick levels.
The game’s premise is simple. Rather than a lengthy introduction, you’re simply told you need to defeat nefarious scientists and placed into the levels to do just that. Each level has a scientist at the end whom you must reach to clear the level, along with an optional briefcase in each level to serve as a bonus challenge.
Likewise, the controls are simple. You can move, punch, jump, and double jump, as well as jump against a wall to perform a wall jump. While these are basic platforming controls, what makes League of Evil stand out from many similar platformers is that its double jumps and wall jumps can be combined, letting you quickly scale vertical areas. This fits with its small levels, as you’re meant to quickly zip from place to place.
However, don’t let its simplicity fool you. League of Evil’s early stages might go by quickly, but as it introduces more hazards, enemies, and challenges, it becomes very tricky. Combat isn’t a main focus here, but rather a navigational challenge that requires you to use precision, quick thinking, and excellent timing to make your way through.
Along with its existing levels, League of Evil also features a level editor. Oddly, given the simplicity of the game’s controls, the level designer is a bit awkward and takes a while to get used to. Nevertheless, once you get used to how it works, you have all the tools at your disposal to create levels like those found in the game. Once you’ve created a level, you can share it with the community. And of course, you can also download packs of levels created by other players.
League of Evil won’t be your go-to choice if you want a complex game with large levels and a deep storyline, but if you’re just looking for some quick 2D platforming challenges, this little platformer should give you plenty to occupy your time with.