Hands On With He-Man: The Most Powerful Game In The Universe
One would think that The Most Powerful Man In The Universe would not need any additional press, being so powerful and all. But Chillingo was not taking any chances yesterday, releasing the official trailer and demoing the new He-Man game at an EA press event. Somehow I managed to fight my way through the throngs of similar-aged, nostalgia-addled men to get a look at He-Man: The Most Powerful Game In The Universe and chat with some of the people behind it.
My first impression was that He-Man was made with care. It was apparent, from a lot of the little details, that the people behind the game grew up with He-Man. That said, the look of the game is certainly not retro. Mattel and developer GlitchSoft are definitely going for a younger audience as well.
"When fathers start playing this game, their kids will want to play," said producer Nick Torchia. "A big aim was to allow kids to experience something their dads loved when they were young."
Hard to believe, but 'ol goldilocks has been hacking and slashing since 1982.
"He-Man is turning 30 this year," said Jessi Wan, a Marketing Manager for Mattel. "We wanted to celebrate by giving him his own game." Now that you feel sufficiently old, let's move on to the details of the game.
He-Man features a simple, yet robust "tap n' slash" control system that allows you to easily control the flow of battle. Not only is the game a welcome wave of nostalgia with its characters, but the game play features a host of homages to classic arcade titles like Super Ghouls'n Ghosts, Strider, and TMNT: Turtles In Time. An example from the latter is that He-Man, when he's feeling the power, will be able to catapult enemies into the screen.
Expect plenty of He-Man related things to unlock as you move through the game, from old comic covers to concept art for the animated series. The game is set to be released on Oct. 25th. You old timers excited yet?
For now, check out the official trailer below.