You have to hand it to fighting games that actually try something different. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy may feature some interesting gameplay mechanics but is it much more than yet another anime girl peep show?
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is one of the simplest fighting games that I've ever played. You can unleash a few different basic attacks in the form of weak, strong, and special with the latter consuming some of your stored special energy. Additionally, you can throw your opponent, guard, and tag in your partner. You'll also break open item capsules that you can then use to gain some sort of advantage or attack your opponent with. Finally, you can't win a match until you successfully use a Dream Finish move once your foe's health has depleted a certain amount. Of course, each character has their own move set but no matter who you play as, the basic gameplay remains virtually the same as you won't find yourself having to master combos or memorize button combinations. This is good news for fighting game newbies but veterans of the genre are sure to be disappointed.
The cast of characters in SNK Heroines is all female, obviously. It's great to see so many familiar faces from series such as The King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and Samurai Shodown. One of the weirdest characters is Terry Bogard who's a woman in this game for some strange reason. I never thought I'd see that dude with boobs. Anyway, the collection of characters is cool but there are only 14 of them which is rather disappointing, especially when you compare it to the cast of The King of Fighters XIV which has over 50 fighters. The selection of stages is even more disappointing as there are only 7 and they all look very similar and seem to take place in the same mansion. It is neat to see your tag partners in the background but the arenas definitely leave a lot to be desired.
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy features a wealth of modes that can be quite enjoyable. First, the story mode has you play through 7 stages as your two characters of choice and features unlockable artwork whenever you complete it with a special duo. In battle mode, you can play versus matches, fight through a survival challenge, practice in training mode, and learn the ropes in a helpful tutorial. There's an online multiplayer component as well where you can challenge folks to quick matches, enter room matches, and even broadcast via a Live from PlayStation mode on the PS4 version. Lastly, you can unlock a lot of content such as gallery items including movies, artwork, and music as well as costumes and accessories that you can tinker around with for each fighter in customize mode.
Even with all of these modes, nothing stands out from the average fighting game. I wish there were mini-games, silly challenges, and such because it's such a wacky game so this sort of content would feel right at home. Other than that, my main complaint with SNK Heroines is that the combat is so painfully simple and monotonous that you'll likely get tired of it shortly after you become accustomed to all of its goofy intricacies. It's definitely not the sort of fighter that you'll pick up and play regularly. That is, unless you enjoy gawking at poorly-rendered scantily clad character models. Seriously, they look like they belong in a PlayStation 2 game, but I digress.
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy's primary appeal is its female cast of characters and they don't even look that good. Besides that, it's a simplistic and somewhat enjoyable fighter yet it lacks any sort of lasting appeal.
- + Features a variety of classic characters
- + Fighting is fairly fun with nifty tag mechanics, items, and Dream Finish moves
- + Loads of unlockables and customization
- - Simplistic and monotonous combat
- - Only has 14 characters and 7 stages that look strikingly similar
- - No stand-out modes