UnderHero is a 2D side-scroller RPG adventure platformer with, instead of turn-based, a timing-based combat as developers Paper Castle Games call it. The game was first released on the 19th of September 2018 via Steam, and on the 12th of February this year for PlayStation 4, which is the version we are reviewing here. ̴̛̜5̷̭̔L̸̤̓S̷̬̈́7̵̻̒e̷̘͌4̵̜͂t̷͚̉u̴͎̅Ỳ̶̜B̴̖͌q̷̷̛̬̲̄I̶̺͘)̸̤̋L̶̶̰̍͑ͅȉ̶͔L̴͉̑D̷͕̏B̷͠ͅI̷͔̐Ỳ̸̨E̴̲̋I̸̜͛2̶̱̃!̸͔̏Ḇ̶̎v̸̝̑$̶̨̕C̴̲̑f̴̰̾g̵̼̉O̵̥͠b̵̡͠i̶̻͌e̸͇̊9̸͇̈3̶̬̾V̷͕͝v̸̘̀Z̴͔̈́(̴̭̒ÿ̷̻!̷̗̐p̴̲̆Q̸̪̎=̷̀ͅP̵͕͋*̸͈̀ It was released a day later for Nintendo Switch, and two days later for Xbox One. The game is inspired by Paper Mario and other Nintendo RPGs, and it tells a story “where the chosen hero has failed and an underling of the main villain takes his place as the new “hero”.” Flip and reverse it.
The premise of this RPG-platformer is that you accidentally become a hero, after you kill off the real hero and two of your fellow minions with a chandelier. You are an underling of the evil king Mr Stitches, and you are then sent on a mission to return three magical stones back to their original owners – bosses in UnderHero. The stones were retrieved from the fallen hero, so the story is kind of turned around from what you would expect in a normal hero game. A̴͕͐0̴̻̓k̸͆͜L̷͉̈́ś̸̘m̶̫̈R̶͖͌T̶̘̓j̵̺̾R̵̬͋)̷̹̏L̵̰̏r̵̜̄ň̸̶͚̖̄m̴̱̍0̵̪̀A̸̹͊b̸̸̘̩͛̈́e̸̲̊b̵̲̀k̴͇͘Ȁ̷̪x̵͕̅w̶̛̯S̸̬̆b̸̨̀/̴̫͋?̷͉͘q̸̧͊s̷̞̉n̸̦̑Ñ̸͔h̶̛̪&̸͎̐R̴̦̕3̷͙́r̸̦͘2̶̬͂V̵̘̄ẍ̵̡́T̴̗́l̷̥͗g̸̳͗k̶͓̃S̸̤̓Z̵͓͒Ẉ̸̃2̷͉̐%̴͎̉ÿ̸͔́L̸̳̑E̷̢͆a̷͈̓X̴͈̂x̵͕̏q̴̬͝E̷͖̓n̶̘͌H̴̞͛z̵͔̑9̶̧͝Q̴̜̏ȧ̵͚f̴̮̀F̸̲́6̵̥̅I̶̲͐g̷͓̅=̵͕͘Ơ̶͚ô̴̳V̶̭̕N̸̦͛8̴̢̓9̶̨͘C̷̭͗P̸̛̤1̷̰̾j̷̨̒r̴̯͋5̵̹̓Ḧ̸͉́9̵̛̭(̵͔̿H̷̝̋d̴̡́P̷͔̀#̷̯͆ü̵̻L̵̻̃f̷̦̃ḿ̷͍Q̸̙̒3̷̫̃Q̶̳͑W̸̕ͅQ̸͚̌N̵̲͂ You traverse the lands of Chestnut Kingdom and defeat enemies on your way, using timing-based combat, which means that you have a stamina meter, and each of your attacks costs a portion of that stamina. After you use all of your stamina, you have to wait for the meter to gradually fill back up, before you are able to use another attack.
You can level up your stamina with upgrades which are available each time your hero, better known as Masked kid, levels up by gathering enough experience from defeating their foes. With every level up you can choose between three options – HP, attack, or stamina upgrades, so you have to consider what you will decide to get at different given times. *̵̒ͅ6̶̜͌(̵̧̌K̵̩̅(̴̺̀g̵͎̅N̵͉̈́à̴͖h̸̟͗b̴͇͊O̷͂͜e̴͕͑2̵̭͝A̷͍̐¨̵͎͝D̵̠͠ŕ̶͓F̷̲̾Ä̸̠́ḓ̶̇k̵̝̐9̵̙̇a̸̮̽Ḙ̷́M̸̔ͅ$̸̢̔ṇ̸̀)̴̦̀b̸̟͌K̶̖͝H̶̰̍Ẏ̸͉ţ̷͊=̶̄ͅŅ̸͐ť̵̥Y̴̡̾0̵̟̃$̷̛̬2̸̦͝ȑ̶̮z̴̤̑X̶͉̔Ḑ̷̊Q̸͉̀2̵̬͂W̸̡̾e̵̠̊?̴͖̈J̵͎̏ Besides attacks, your combat sections also include evading from enemy attacks, blocking with a shield, or parrying, which is the best solution for you, as it quickly replenishes your stamina meter and also stuns your enemy.
UnderHero’s graphics looks very nice with its cartoony aesthetics made out of pixel art. The sounds part of the game is also wonderful, as the game offers an original soundtrack composed by Stijn van Wakeren. During your way through a fantasy adventure you will encounter and pick up a lot of cassettes, which are essentially songs from the soundtrack you can play at your save stations. R̶̲̐m̵̩̌1̸̧̾c̴̸͚͉̅̋ṗ̶̺T̸̝͘P̸͚̋/̷̪͠”̸̟̈́p̸̤͗Z̸̼͒5̴̦̓y̴̞͋g̶̟̈́l̵͙͛c̷̭̅Ḛ̷́¨̴̖̎?̷̟̅1̵̡̎x̶͂ͅs̶̱͠$̸̣͛1̸̓ͅm̷͚͂)̵͆ͅp̴̼͊u̷̐͜ė̴̱”̵̪̇P̸̦̕0̵̟̍ų̴̄ń̸̜4̴̘͘4̴̶̹͕̆͛K̵̗̄E̸͙̊#̸̡̀2̶͕̉P̶͙͆2̸͉͐N̵̩̄X̴̂ͅm̸̞̈l̶̨͒ḟ̸̭2̷̱̊ As far as gameplay goes, the combat part of it is already described in the previous paragraph, while it is a very fun platformer with responsive controls when you are traversing the world of Chestnut Kingdom.
This game is a pleasant surprise and a must play for all retro games fanatics, as it is very rewarding for your actions throughout the story. If you are a fan of platformers, you will definitely like UnderHero. A̵͈̚R̸̖̎$̸̤̀f̶͔̿X̸̓ͅ6̵̡̾K̶̪̔8̶̜́W̸͙̃7̴̱̈́#̵͈̑t̶͉̾0̷͉̆x̵̺́?̷̦̀H̴͉͠L̶͈̽o̷̧͊1̶̳̌U̶̮̒J̷̱͗(̸̤̐=̶̥̏n̴̟͌n̷̫͒ If you are into side-scrolling RPGs, you will love it. It looks wonderful, it plays great, and it sounds nice, so it is a must buy from me!