Anarcute started out as a school assignment in December 2013 which involved 5 students from France, since then a games development company has been created and multiple awards have been won. Now that it’s landed on the Xbox One, is it as much of a riot to play as it looks? Read on to find out…
Anarcute is an action and rioting adventure game, where you play as adorable little characters, making your way through the map, increasing your crowd size, completing your mission and defeating enemies! The evil Brainwash Patrol is making its way through the world, taking one city at a time, controlling your police and now ruining the lives of your citizens! It is your job to take them out and win back your world!
The first thing I liked about this game was your ability to not only control one person, but a crowd of people! The bigger your crowd the stronger it was, for example, when your crowd gets to a big enough size, this enables you to knock down buildings to take out your enemies! You have to make your way around the map waking up more little rioters as you go! But it’s not that simple; whilst you are exploring, you have to fight off police who have been brainwashed, they have lots of weapons to try and thwart you from completing the level, from laser beams to snipers, they will try anything to try and stop you! You can use anything around you to help defeat your enemies, from cones on the road, phone booths, to Lorries and cars! Just use your right and left triggers to project them at your enemies, this will decrease their health and sometimes send them flying (literally) in one go! I really like that feature of the game, because it includes everything in the game, everything can be used as a weapon and almost everything can be destroyed!
Another little feature that I particularly like is the rioters themselves, as you make your way through the game you can collect different rioters, each of them is a different animal, and at the end of a level, it tells you which one has been collected, you can customise this later and choose what animals you want in your riot! I think these cute characters really soften the game from what it actually is; the good guys and bad guys fighting to take over! I think kids will love these customisable characters, and will really enjoy collecting them in each level. This was actually a feature that I really enjoyed, because there was some levels where I couldn’t collect all the rioters first go round, so I had to go back and play it again so I didn’t miss anyone, it is quite addicting in that sense, because you want to have a full board of characters to choose from!
The only negative I have to say about this game is that it can be a little repetitive in the early stages, but as difficulty increases it’s difficult to get bored with playing, I had to check different routes to take and had to use different tactics because I did start to struggle! Once I passed the first few levels, I couldn’t put the controller down, I wanted to add to my collection of characters, and I had to defeat the boss at the end of each city!