Brawler fans rejoice! Smash Legends, from publisher LINE Games and developer 5minlab, is limbering up to step into the ring, and it looks like a fantastic casual twist on the genre. Various story characters pass through Library World on their way to new adventures, but conflicts and disputes have prevented this literary wellspring from creating new stories. The only solution is to channel the violence into matches with rules, allowing order to return. The whole thing has a fairytale-inspired look, and takes place in the intriguing-sounding Library World – a realm beyond the clouds where stories gather.
Smash Legends takes its cues from a range of awesome PvP games. The core gameplay sees you trying to knock your competitors out of an arena ring in frantic three-minute battles, viewing the fighty action from a novel top-down perspective. Smash Legends supports cross-play, too, so you could find yourself facing off against a PC-playing rival. The UI has been designed to suit each platform, but no matter what device you’re playing on the controls are super-simple and streamlined. The game’s matchmaking system will do the rest, throwing you into the arena with evenly matched opponents and letting you duke it out for glory.
There are six different modes to choose from. Duel is a straightforward 1v1 mode where you take on a single opponent in a best-of-five-rounds match. Dominion, meanwhile, is a 3v3 mode in which you have to take and protect capture points for as long as you can. Then there’s Team Deathmatch, a simple 3v3 race to rack up ten kills, and FFA Battle Royale, an eight-player free for all where the last player standing wins. Crown Guard is another 3v3 mode. The goal in this one is to kill the other team’s leader three times, while the four-player Harvest mode sees you harvesting fruits by destroying mandrakes. Much more wholesome.
To join one of these battles, you just need to log-in and head to the lobby. This means that touchscreen input is every bit as effective as keyboard and mouse. It also means you’ll be in with a fighting chance even if you’re an absolute beginner. Success in Smash Legends is all about managing your HP. The lower it goes, the higher your chances of being evicted from the arena. But don’t worry – you can return to the fray once you’ve been thrown out, depending on your ringed-out distance. Once you’ve added one of these Legends to your roster you’ll be able to strengthen and customize them, too, ensuring that everybody has their own personalized squad.