Capsule Review: Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay

A sidescrolling platformer with hidden collectibles and some enemies to beat up. Unsurprisingly for a movie tie-in aimed at kids, it’s a bit roughly put together, which is a shame because there is solid potential here. The different heroes have different movesets - manipulating physics as Hiro or speeding around as GoGo can be a lot of fun, though unfortunately you can’t play as Baymax or Honey Lemon. While there are hidden paths (generally with collectibles at the end) the platforming is mostly fairly easy and mindless, interrupted occasionally by flimsy-feeling combat and a handful of obnoxiously bad boss fights. There is a story, but it’s thin and totally ignorable.

I Stopped Playing When: I finished the main game. I played a couple of the challenge levels but I found these more frustrating than relaxing due to infrequent checkpoints and didn’t bother with many of them.

Docprof's Rating:

Three Stars: Good. I liked the game enough to finish it (or just play it a bunch, for games that don't end). I recommend it to most genre fans.

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