G.I. Joe: Strike is a 2D action game where you play Snake Eyes, the legendary G.I. Joe character who faces one of the most difficult missions: fighting against the deadly ninja army of his nemesis, Storm Shadow.
G.I. Joe: Strike’s game mechanics are pretty simple. Your hero starts each level in the center of the screen and after a couple seconds, enemy ninjas start coming at him from both sides. When your enemies are just the right distance away, you have to hit the correct side of the screen to attack and destroy them. If you fail, Snake Eyes will let down his guard for a second … more than enough time for his enemies to attack him.
Effortlessly simple controls: check. Popular action hero: yup. Punches and kicks: you got it. The perfect game? Not exactly. G.I. Joe Strike is a pretty standard ‘tap to attack’ affair. The rhythm never really builds and there isn’t much skill involved unfortunately.
At first the combat system seems a little rough, but the truth is it has a very fun rhythmic component. And as you advance you’ll discover several types of different enemies: some you have to hit several times, others change sides after they’re hit, etc. You can even use weapons to destroy the hardest of enemies.
G.I. Joe: Strike is a high-quality action game that’s fun in its own right, though fans of the G.I. Joe franchise will undoubtedly love it the most. The reason: the many nods and references to the saga’s characters and locations.
The design is commendable: characters have funky outlines and attacks are bold in a cartoony, vivid way. The introduction of different weapons (i.e. guns as well as hand combat), is welcome. Collectors will enjoy finding the 100 cards available.