If you’ve been monitoring the rapid evolution of Steam in the past year or so, you may have picked up on some rather shady events taking place. Maybe you’ve even been thinking that the recent releases of The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville and Finn and Jake’s Epic Quest are among those dubious deals. You’d be wrong to think so, because these PC titles actually draw inspiration from some pretty great games.
For instance, Finn and Jake’s Epic Quest mixes its simplistic action adventure with Dungeons & Dragons designs of unknown spells that can be either good or bad. Moreover, each enemy requires a different approach and has quite the bite as well. Players are also required to strike diligently with either quicker or stronger attacks or get out of dodge on time. There’s even a mimic in this open-ended world of cutesy pies and candies. It’s like a baby version of Dark Souls, which is a great thing. Dark Souls doesn’t always need to be grim. Check out some gameplay commentary of Finn and Jake’s Epic Quest below.
In turn, The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville uses its open adventure to have players go back and forth to unlock forgotten abilities, which can be used in already discovered rooms. Getting new abilities opens up new paths, which may then again contain more secrets in a maze of connected rooms. It’s a fairly straight inspiration from Metroid, which is awesome, again. Its entry level is a lot less confusing than its paragon, so it’s an easy way to get into this explorative genre. Check some gameplay commentary from The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville below.
Don’t let purists naysay these references, as people should be happy that there are light-hearted games trying to lower the bar of entry to their preferred franchise. It’s like training wheels for the real, big thing. Both Dark Souls and Metroid can always use more gamers to fill their ranks. Plus, both games are so cute that they’re still quite enjoyable as a full-grown adult or so we’ve heard. Three cheers for the developers making these as well, sneaking their grownup stuff into games for the whole family. We’re onto you and you’re lovely.