Johnny Turbo's Arcade has been providing plenty of Data East arcade ports for modern gamers but now, we finally have an original creation. So, let's take a look at Heavy Burger as well as 3 classic games that are worth checking out, too.
Heavy Burger Review Switch ★★★★☆
If you ever wanted a crossover game featuring classic Data East characters and stages then you need to try this fun twin-stick shooter.
Heavy Burger is a highly competitive team-based twin-stick shooter that has a tug-of-war dynamic similar to the one in Nidhogg. Essentially, you must collect a bag of money in order to advance to the next screen. Whenever you bite the dust either by getting shot by an opponent, being snagged on a stage hazard, or letting a Data East character beat you up, you drop the money bag and anyone can then collect it. Once someone makes it to their respective goal which will be either all the way left or right, their team wins. The constant back and forth, tight shooting gameplay, fun assortment of firearm pick-ups, and familiar environments and characters from the games Lock 'n' Chase, BurgerTime, Karate Champ, Side Pocket, Heavy Barrel, and Bad Dudes make it a super-fun game to play with friends. However, there is also a selection of single player challenges that can be great fun to work through, too.
A competitive twin-stick shooter with matches that play like Nidhogg is such a fantastic idea for a game. When you factor in the awesome Data East characters and stages, you're left with a nostalgia-fueled funfest that feels fresh and exciting.Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Heavy Burger gameplay video →
Two Crude Dudes Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Here we have the successor to the over-the-top beat 'em up Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja but are these dudes still bad enough?
Two Crude Dudes is a 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up which means that you can't move in and out of the screen like you can in classic arcade games such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Double Dragon. Right off the bat, this makes the gameplay feel kind of flat and unexciting. On the other hand, you can pick up almost everything such as store signs, cars, and even your opponents. Playing with a friend is a ton of fun as there's just enough goofy macho ridiculousness on display to keep you laughing throughout. The enemies can be quite unique, too, as seen in the collection of hulking bosses and annoying ankle-biters that seem to drain way too much health.
It may not be the best arcade beat 'em up but Two Crude Dudes provides some fun times, especially during co-op multiplayer.Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Two Crude Dudes gameplay video →
Shoot Out Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Taking down the mafia is difficult work, especially when you're going it alone with nothing but a simple gun at your side.
When I first booted up Shoot Out, I didn't understand it at all. However, after I tinkered around with the controls, it all started to click and I became addicted to blasting away mobsters within its silly single-screen stages. Basically, you have to orient yourself with the controls in order to figure out how to shoot at different angles as well as dodge out of harm's way. It could really use a tutorial but the fun shooting range at the beginning does help albeit only slightly. Anyway, having opponents emerge from the sides of the stages and being able to react and take them out before they start shooting is satisfying stuff. That being said, the controls are undeniably stiff and many modern gamers will likely dismiss Shoot Out because of that but for me, it's part of its charm and challenge.
Shoot Out has a generic name and what's here is exactly what you'd expect. However, it takes a lot of practice to be able to dispatch enemies before they shoot you which offers a steep yet rewarding learning curve.Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Shoot Out gameplay video →
Express Raider Review Switch ★★★☆☆
It seems like robbing trains is a new fad in gaming but arcade goers have been doing it since at least 1986 thanks to Express Raider.
Express Raider has you control a train robber within alternating stages. What I mean by this is that at the start, it plays like a 2D beat 'em up where you have to punch and kick your enemies relentlessly so you can make it to the next train car before it detaches or worse, explodes. The next stage will be completely different as it plays like a shooter where you ride on horseback while aiming and shooting at folks on a train. Be careful not to shoot the woman, though, because she'll hand over a bag of money and if you kill her, you'll have to start again. The stages keep alternating between these 2 gameplay modes and it gets super-challenging. Like with Shoot Out, mastering Express Raider requires a lot of practice due to its stiff controls and action-intense gameplay but it's worth it for retro enthusiasts.
If you want to rob trains in a video game then Express Raider is a solid choice. Its old-school controls, varied gameplay modes, and intense action make it more fun than robbing trains in Red Dead Redemption 2; whatever that is...Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Express Raider gameplay video →