Having received the “green light” on the Steam service, the game became available to users on January 28, 2015, where in the first two weeks it climbed to the 8th line of the best-selling games and received 98% of positive user reviews. The released version 0.04 now supports Linux and macOS platforms. The official release of the game took place on February 18, 2020.
The concept of the game is to build a certain device capable of fulfilling the goal set on the passable level. Moving from level to level, it becomes more and more difficult to complete the task and the player has to upgrade his car for a specific purpose. This can be steel plate armor to protect against shooting archers, the creation of a catapult capable of shooting fireballs, or some kind of crane for transporting objects. At each level, the player is given complete freedom of action. The only condition for passing the level is the fulfillment of the set goal (destruction of the building, destruction of the enemy, reaching the point, etc.) by a mechanism of limited size.
The player is presented with a planet with four islands, on which the game takes place. In version 0.45b, only three islands are available – Upsilon, Tolbrind and Walfross, and after the official release, the last fourth was added – Krolmar. A fifth island and the moon were also planned, which could be seen in the main menu, but after the update adding the Multiverse, they were removed.
Separately, the game features a sandbox mode, where the player can build devices of almost unlimited sizes and test them on the map.
The game also has a Multiverse, which allows you to create your own levels and share them in the Steam Workshop. And sometimes some craftsmen go so far as to build levels comparable in size to the entire island from the plot!
For 26 years, battle toads have been locked in a fantasy simulator bunker. When they wake up, they realize that they are no longer intergalactic heroes and have sunk into obscurity. To regain their former glory, the heroes did not come up with anything better than to re-challenge the ancient enemy, the Dark Queen. However, disappointment awaits them: the Dark Queen is harmless, her powers have been kidnapped by Topian, an evil alien race. Since it was the Topians who once imprisoned the toads in the bunker, the heroes decide to unite with the queen against a common enemy.
The game was developed by Dlala studio with the support of Rare. Dlala Studios previously worked on Overruled, another beat ’em up game. Prior to the game’s announcement at E3 2018], the Battletoads franchise has not featured a single game since 1994, and past games were last released as part of the 2015 Rare Replay compilation. Rare decided to reimagine the classic Battletoads gameplay without the limitations of the 1980s hardware. The first game trailer was unveiled at June E3 2019, and it was playable at X019 in November. The game was originally planned to be released in 2019, but then the release was postponed to August 20, 2020 for Xbox One and Windows.
Reviews and criticism
In a preview of the game, IGN wrote that the game did not feature the complex platformer that the original game was known for, although that game remained just as difficult. GamesRadar praised Dlala’s progress in a demo game that was tested in mid-2019.