Dan The Man: classic arcade pixel butt-kicking on Apple TV

Don’t let the squeaky battle cry fool you–Dan The Man is a platformer bad-ass with fists of fury and the deadliest weapons skills around.

Dan The Man Couch-Games review

Fisticuffs of freedom

Dan The Man lives in an oppressive pixel world of violent militias and evil bureaucrats ruled by a pig of a king. But he’s the powerhouse secret weapon of the underground resistance, a rebel with a cause. He’s up against the idiot king’s riot-gear clad goons armed with fists, billy-clubs and firearms. Our hero leads his gang of revolutionaries in leaps, bounds and fisticuffs, all the way to liberty. Dan’s just an everyday guy (in a karate suit and bandana) who just happens to be a one-man army. And that my friends is needed for this challenging, awesomely done arcade-style fighter-platformer by Aussie developers Halfbrick Studios.

BTW, interestingly Dan The Man was inspired and developed with animation artists Joho Studios. Check out the short web-series for the background story of which your’e playing the final chapter. The whole concept is cool, the series is friggin’ hilarious and the giggles continue.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dan-the-man-retro-action-platformer/id981796690?mt=8

With a smoking gamepad

Couch-Games went on a brawl-action platform mayhem arcade rampage with Dan The Man on Apple TV. The game is free-to-play with in-app purchases but the tvOS version does require a gamepad. We used the SteelSeries Nimbus which burned it up nicely. If your’e from the old-school gaming days, pixel platform fighters are in your blood. Nevertheless the gamepad gameplay and controls came intuitively natural, fast-paced and fluid. That’s good, ‘cause the joystick/button combinations for melee action definitely kick it–and I mean triple roundhouse kick it! As you get Dan into the fighting flow, you’ll discover a plethora of very cool hand-to-hand combat moves. Not to mention the melee skill upgrades available with your hard-earned stolen coins. Oh don’t worry, Dan also has access to an arsenal of weapons making him even more of a killing machine.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dan-the-man-retro-action-platformer/id981796690?mt=8

Punching it to the palace

Dan starts in the peasant villages, scrapping his way to the royal city. It’s obvious he’s out to depose the dumb-ass king. The action unfolds over 12 long levels and incremental checkpoints–with secret levels within levels. Dan The Man follows the time-tested platform-fighter game mechanic, no surprises there. The goons and platform trickiness starts light and increases to challenging as you progress. Goons vary from club-toting up to machine-gun happy or jet-pack attacking. Additionally vicious dogs, shocker drones and semi-boss goons up the ante. And there’s a few hard-ass boss battles to boot. Dan collects energy food and coin pick-ups or smashes pots, crates and statues for cash and temporary weapons. Occasionally a Ye Olde Shoppe appears to buy arms or get a nice chicken dinner for healing. But the cash is best spent on upgrading fighting and weapons skills.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dan-the-man-retro-action-platformer/id981796690?mt=8

Dan The Man is the man

Forget Rambo or Arnie, hell, forget Bruce Lee… Dan, is the Man! But he’s not the only bad-ass available. Play his girl Josie, customize your own fighter or purchase one of 13 other characters. This is where Barry Steakfries from Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride (Couch-Games vid review) or Baud The Robot of Destructoid fame come into action! A cool feature, the Daily Event challenge rewards you with locked characters and adds new events each week. It’s a fun-ass story, bad-ass game action and scrappy arcade sound & style with a clever twist at the end. Anyway, ‘nuff said, my gamepad has cooled down, so I’m going back to try thrashing the Dark Master again… WHUTAAA!

 

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