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Caveman Warriors Review: Stone Slugs

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Caveman Warriors Review

Nostalgia in modern video gaming isn’t always about evoking memories of games or genres we used to love. It is about reminding us of how silly and fun video games used to be. Does the concept need to make complete sense or be realistic? Absolutely not. Sometimes a game can be cheeky and bonkers.

Caveman Warriors is a game that never forgets how to go nuts and have fun. It is satisfyingly difficult and is filled with memorable great boss fights. Plus, if you ever wanted to fight as a caveman in space, this is your chance.

We Gotta Save Those Kids!

Don’t you hate it when your children are kidnapped by space aliens? It is a fear we all have as humans, right? Wouldn’t it be worse if you don’t know what space is or what aliens are? Oh, and you’re a caveperson.

In Caveman Warriors, our bewildered heroes Jack, Brienne, Moe and Liliana find themselves in the odd situation of having to save their children from an alien. To do so, they’ll have to travel through space and time to fight evil cavepeople, dinosaurs, robots and Axis soldiers.
 

Caveman Warriors Review

The stone age is really dangerous, man.

Caveman Warriors doesn’t feature an elaborate story. It isn’t tautly plotted with scripted moments to keep you at the edge of your seat as you play. But its simple plot is effective. The story gives you a reason to complete levels and triumph over the various bosses.

The game also successfully builds out a world that is delightfully silly. There are allusions to other media that help provide tongue-in-cheek humor. You often find yourself curious as to where this odd sci-fi romp will take you next, and what odd enemy you’ll pound with a club, poke with a spear, bludgeon with an axe or boomerang at your next destination.

Time to Rock

Caveman Warriors is easy to pick up and play. It mixes platforming elements with precision side-scrolling action combat, resulting in a tough, yet fair balance.

When starting out, you can choose to play as one of the four characters. Each has their own weapon and play style, along with special and unique skills.

At first, these different skills don’t matter, but they play a larger role the deeper you get into the game. There are points in Caveman Warriors where you need to use a specific skill to advance, whether it be Brienne’s shield, Moe’s monkey, Jack’s power dash or Lilianna’s spear throw.
 

Caveman Warriors Review

Boss fights are tough and a lot of fun.

While the skills play an important part in the platforming aspect, hero choice in terms of combat comes down to preference. Moe is a better choice for those who like to fight from distance, while Lilianna uses speed and dexterity to beat enemies. Brienne is a brawny brawler and Jack is an all-around battler. With a few exceptions, each hero functions like the other and no one has an edge over the other in fighting.

Levels are split up between three checkpoints and end with a tough, exciting boss fight. Each checkpoint you reach grants you three lives and heals you. Thus, checkpoint management is important. There is nothing more upsetting than nearly making it to the boss only to die and have to restart the level.

There are also three batteries scattered around each of the game’s levels, which unlock alternate versions of the levels when you collect enough of them. This helps extend the replay value of the game.
 

Caveman Warriors Review

Solo play requires knowing how and when to use each character’s skills.

While Caveman Warriors can be played solo or with four people, the game changes a bit depending on whether you play alone or with friends. In co-op, the game is more about teamwork and knowing how to cohesively use each characters’ respective skills.

Playing alone is a bit trickier. The game requires you to switch characters on the fly to progress. This adds a slight puzzle element to Caveman Warriors. You’ll have to make use of everyone’s skills either in combat or platforming, so you’ll need to figure out which hero will help you advance past specific parts of each level.

Overall

Caveman Warriors is a fun throwback to the action games of the past that made it hard to put down our controllers or not shovel quarters into a machine. It works on multiple levels, whether you’re playing alone or with friends. There is a lot of personality to its world and plenty of challenge in its gameplay.

Caveman Warriors was reviewed on Nintendo Switch with a code provided by the developer

 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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CAVEMAN WARRIORS REVIEW: STONE SLUGS

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall77%

GAMEPLAY8.5

Caveman Warriors feels like a nostalgia trip in terms of its challenge, but doesn’t feel out of place with what we’ve come to expect in terms of tightness of controls and complexity with modern games.

GRAPHICS8

Caveman Warriors features slick sprites that pop with color and personality.

SOUND7.5

The soundtrack is understated, but the sound effect work hits all the right buttons.

STORY7

There isn’t a whole lot to Caveman Warriors’ narrative, but the world it presents is fun and delightfully incongruous.

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