What can be said about the Power Rangers franchise? Equal parts campy fun, insane martial arts, and giant robot action, it’s a long-running favorite of both kids and those who grew up with it. Nowadays, the series is getting noticed again with an upcoming feature film and part of the hype is this little downloadable title. Is Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Mega Battle truly morphenominal?
The game is truly meant to be seen as fan service on every level. The story is a condensed origin for the team, as we see them encounter evil space witch Rita Repulsa’s forces and get recruited by Zordon. The game then follows them as they battle the forces of evil, meeting several iconic monsters and characters, including fan-favorite Tommy the Green Ranger. There’s not much to the plot, but it works well as an intro for newcomers to the Mighty Morphin part of the franchise, as well as being a treat for people like me who grew up on the series. A lot of this is helped by the graphics, which go for a 2D comic style. Everyone is recognizable for fans, but still given interesting twists on their designs. Music is derived from the 90’s era soundtrack, and is often fun, except for occasional moments where the music randomly stops for a level.
Gameplay-wise, this is an old-school arcade multiplayer brawler, where up to four players pick a Ranger and fight their way through hordes of monsters. Occasionally, the game will have you take control of the Megazord, but given the multiplayer nature of the game, you’re relegated to first a group shooter sequence, then a giant monster battle done with quicktime button presses. It’s disappointing to not be able to control the Megazord directly, but again, this is meant to be a multiplayer game.
In fact, the multiplayer aspect is a double-edged sword for the game’s enjoyability. It’s pretty fun when you have a friend or three join you in fighting all the iconic monsters, but when you’re playing it as a single player, it can be… overwhelming. It’s not impossible to beat the game by yourself, but it’s very clear from how the boss battles and enemies are done, as well as the best unlockable moves being team moves, this is meant to be enjoyed the most as a group. The lack of online multiplayer makes that even worse if you aren’t able to get a group together in your home.
The controls are very simplistic, in your normal form you only have a single attack, jump and grab. Once you morph after filling your energy meter, you get to add a strong move using your rangers’ weapon, as well as the blasters that they seemed to rarely use in the show. More moves can be unlocked, but the controls rarely get too complicated.
There’s not much replay value beyond leveling up all your characters, or just wanting to indulge in nostalgia with your friends. If you’re a trophy/achievement hunter, maybe, but otherwise you’ll probably replay this if you’re feeling like reliving your 90’s childhood.
Mighty Mophin’ Power Rangers: Mega Battle is not a perfect game. It’s a decent enough multiplayer brawler, but it’s not going to bring new fans to the original series. That said, if you remember the 90’s series fondly and have friends who share that love of the series, you should have fun here.
Find Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Mega Battle on both the Playstation and Xbox One digital marketplaces.