Take on the role of an unlikely hero—a small 2-D square—in a quest to beat hundreds of trials that grow more difficult with progression, culminating in the ultimate challenge. Jump, dash, and roll through more than 300 handcrafted levels spread across 10 uniquely colorful worlds, avoiding projectiles and other hazards to survive as long as possible.
Flat Heroes’ basic gameplay is beautifully simple, but the challenge can feel impossible when you get farther in the game. But the brutality is easily softened when you play with friends, who can jump in or drop out at the beginning of any level. Flat Heroes accommodates up to 4 players, and only one must survive unscathed to beat a boss or level.
There are no tutorials in Flat Heroes, but the first few worlds teach the basic mechanics through trial and error. New and more challenging mechanics are introduced with progression, but most mechanics are highly intuitive, so it shouldn’t take long to catch on. The bottom line? Avoid taking damage at all costs!
You don’t have the convenience of health, multiple lives, or continues in Flat Heroes: when you take damage, you die, and you immediately begin the level or boss fight again. You may find yourself dying dozens or even hundreds of times before beating a level or boss, but there’s virtually no wait time between dying and starting over, which helps ease the pain.
On top of the main campaign, you can play in survival mode, which includes a daily challenge—complete with leaderboards—plus 6 unlockable sub-modes. There’s also versus mode, offering impressive AI and 4 unlockable sub-modes. In other words, Flat Heroes offers a mind-bending variety of content, unlockables, and replayability.
So there’s plenty to play in Flat Heroes—but how does it play? Its controls are tight, and its gravity is predictable in a good way. The directional arrows or left joystick dictate your movement, while B (or L1) makes you jump and Y (or R1) lets you attack. You can also stick to walls and vertical platforms by pressing against them. But avoid deadly double-paned walls, which may as well be lava!
Flat Heroes features a minimalist art style that creates a super-sleek, stylish interface. The game opens with a single color scheme, but more palettes are unlocked with progression. Space-age techno beats and immersive HD rumble perfectly complement the simple art style, and we couldn’t ask for a better aesthetic experience for a game at this price-point.
For just $9.99, you get a challenging campaign mode, plus versus and survival modes with at least 10 unlockable sub-modes. You can play with up to three friends, or play alone with tough AI. At its easiest, Flat Heroes is simple enough for anyone to play, and at its most challenging, this precision platformer is tough, even for expert players. Flat Heroes is an absolute Nintendeal, and we can’t recommend it enough.
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Deck 13
Developer – Parallel Circles
Price – $9.99
Genre – Action, Arcade, Party, Platformer
Size – 216 MB
Nick and Sarah are the ultimate gaming couple. Nick is a Super Mario Maker 2 enthusiast, but working with Nintendeal has fostered a love for tough-as-nails indies such as Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, and Cuphead. Sarah prefers sim games like Animal Crossing, Don’t Starve, and Stardew Valley, but she challenges herself by grinding Slay the Spire from time to time.