Jitsu Squad is an incredibly hyperactive side-scrolling beat ‘em up with vibrant hand-animated visuals and lots of ridiculously over the top special moves!
Jitsu Squad draws inspiration from the classic arcade beat ‘em up gameplay of Final Fight and Streets of Rage, as well as the intense fighting game gameplay of Guilty Gear, Marvel Vs Capcom and Super Smash Bros. It’s a beautifully animated cartoony beat ‘em up that’s playable with up to four players in co-op (though to be honest there’s already an insane amount of on-screen carnage with just one!)
The full game will feature four playable characters, each of which is an ass kicking anthropomorphic animal that specialises in a different form of combat. The current build features two playable characters and six different stages (including a boss fight), and it’s a hell of a lot of fun!
The quality of the character animation in Jitsu Squad is incredible and the amount of on-screen ass-kicking you can deliver is astounding. You can parry, counter, juggle and rack up 100+ chain combos. You also have a wealth of special moves (used via fighting game style button combos), equippable secondary weapons and the ability to transform into a powered up version of yourself (complete with uniquely animated attacks and specials). If that’s not enough they you can also unleash devastating super special moves and call in assist characters (one of which will be Yooka-Laylee in the final game).
It really is a ton of fun, with a gleeful amount of on-screen carnage, beautiful visuals and remarkably, it’s quite skill-based for a beat ‘em up. These crazy critters really know how to put up a fight. Highly recommended.