Whenever you look at a game that's ridiculously silly, it's easy to shrug it off as not worth your time. However, Superola and The Lost Burgers is full of variety and fun so start your barbecue and get ready for a meaty adventure.
So, what the heck is Superola and The Lost Burgers? At its core, it's basically an endless runner but there's so much more to it than that. You play as a super-chill llama named Superola who's on a mission to reclaim the world's hamburgers from the evil alien hot dogs before they get cold. The story mode consists of working through a succession of stages and mini-games. The stages involve having Superola perpetually moving forward and you have to command him to jump in order to avoid hazards and falling to his death. You can also use a hamburger to make him shoot an ultra-powerful laser from his goofy face whenever you're in a pickle. There's a variety of stages, too, such as ones where you swim and have to keep tapping the jump button to guide him along. Overall, I'm surprised how much fun I had with Superola but this is only the beginning.
The sense of humour in Superola and The Lost Burgers is incredibly silly and will appeal to any gamer who doesn't take life too seriously. You'll come across references to classic games such as Mario, Castlevania, Street Fighter, and witness a goofy take on that classic line from Zero Wing. The stages feature plenty of memes and visual gags that'll frequently make you crack a smile, too. In addition to the colourful and silly world, you're treated to a catchy chiptune soundtrack as you play that features renditions of classic tunes and plenty of new tracks that'll get your toes tapping. On top of all that, there are plenty of humorous cutscenes throughout.
Superola and The Lost Burgers consists of 3 modes. The story mode is where you'll spend most of your time. Not only do you work through stage after stage, you'll also uncover hidden secrets, amass a collection of helpful items, and unlock various collectibles. It's rewarding stuff that'll keep you hooked. Next, endless mode challenges you to survive as long as possible within the dozen world themes. Although it's fun trying to get high scores, I wish there were leaderboards because this mode feels kind of empty without them. Finally, versus mode is basically the same as endless except you play against a friend. It's fantastic that there's a multiplayer component but I wish there was more to it. If you could play the mini-games together then that would have been awesome.
Finally, I should mention a couple of downsides about the story mode. First, the stages get rather fast and tricky later on and I found the most effective way to master them was to memorize when to jump and use your burgers. I wish the gameplay relied more on your reflexes and skills than forcing you to memorize stage layouts. Along the same lines, the difficulty is very random. Some stages that have you swimming or flying on a rocket are far too narrow so avoiding mid-screen hazards becomes nearly impossible without a lot of luck (or a few extra burgers). The same could be said for endless mode as the layouts are in fact randomized.
Superola and The Lost Burgers is a perfect game for those looking to have a little fun within a ridiculously goofy world. The amount of variety and modes may be superb but don't count on enjoying it for longer than a few hours.
- + Unapologetically ridiculous sense of humour with tons of funny references
- + Solid endless runner gameplay
- + Loads of variety and modes
- - Story mode stages end up relying far too heavily on memorization
- - Could use more multiplayer content
- - Difficulty is too random