Mega Coin Squad is not one of those games.
The premise is promising: you play through a series of levels that are effectively 2-dimensional arenas bounded by walls on either side. Each level will challenge you to collect a certain number of coins and deposit them in a giant piggy bank somewhere in the stage.
|Pictured: a giant piggy bank in it's natural environment.|
On paper, it sounds like exactly the kind of thing I like to see. It's a simple premise that's easy to understand but offers the opportunity for ever-increasing complexity to challenge the most adept of players.
Here's the problem: the game only has 16 levels, and each can be completed in 2 minutes or less. After playing through the game a couple of times, even the last few stages were pretty simple.
|The overworld clearly displaying the first four stages. This area is a quarter of the entire game.|
I felt like I had completely exhausted everything the game had to offer within 5 hours of game time, and that was after replaying the game with each of six different characters (which really wasn't particularly fun after the second time).
To be fair, the game's mechanics are pretty deep. In addition to the standard running and jumping, your character can throw fireballs, dash in any direction (including up and down), and jump off walls, allowing for some pretty complicated maneuvers. You can even upgrade those abilities with a Super Mario Bros. 3-style slot machine for getting good ratings, giving some degree of customization.
It's just that the content is much too shallow to support a complex (and frankly enjoyable) movement system. Once you develop some skill with the game, nothing is left to challenge you, so there's no point in playing anymore.
|A new section spawns to the right of our fearless protagonist.|
In the end, the first hour or so was pretty fun, but Mega Coin Squad loses its luster quickly. It's worth checking out if you can play the game at no cost, but anything more than a few dollars feels excessive for the underwhelming experience you'll get.
My Rating: 3/10 - bad.