Squareboy VS Bullies is a 2D, old school style beat-em up game from Rohan Narang and is currently available on mobile devices for Android and also iOS as well. The game has you take control of Squareboy, a happy little square that’s had enough of being bullied and letting the bullies run around, acting as if they can do whatever they want. With a flurry of kicks and punches, Squareboy is going to beat up those bullies and give them a taste of their own medicine.
As can be expected with a 2D beat-em up, the general gameplay is relatively simple and easy to get to grips with, without becoming too difficult for the average player to simply get destroyed by the game within the first few minutes if play.
What you do in the game is effectively walking towards the right of the screen, and whenever some enemies show up, you’re going to need to tap A or B on the main screen to either punch or kick. By pressing those buttons consistently and repeatedly, you’ll pull of a combo to deal a fair amount of damage, and possibly even knock them out of play. Keep doing this until all of the enemies on-screen are defeated and then you can move onto the next area until the level is complete, and you can move on.
For anyone that’s played other 2D beat-em up titles, such as Double Dragon, Final Fight, or Battletoads, you’ll know exactly what to expect from the gameplay and it’s pretty much identical as any of those games. The gameplay is similar, the story isn’t all that big of a deal, and the controls are all nice and simple to learn, without making things too easy on the player. In the environment you will find items to pick up and use against the bullies, and they’re designed to give you a chance for a bit of extra damage, along with some much-needed respite during certain fights.
When it comes to the aesthetics, the game clearly tries to pay some homage to the classic fighters of the 80’s and 90’s with its classic, pixel-art style that almost makes it seem perfect for the NES system. Everything has its own classic touches to it that really make you feel as if you’re playing an odd mobile version of your favourite classic beat-em up titles, making for a much more enjoyable experience.
For anyone that’s looking for a fun variation on the classic beat-em up genre, without playing the same games over and over again, then Squareboy VS Bullies is a great place to jump into. The game is perfectly accessible for casual and veteran gamers alike and anyone that has fond memories of games like Double Dragon are going to find a lot of fun and enjoyment out of this one.