The creators of this game are obviously really into old NES games, because they just threw every one they could think of into the Mario Brothers setting, and got them to raise Hades.
First thing’s first, the physics of Super Mario world still applies. You jump the same with each character, and you can still kill by landing on a bad guy. That having been said, each character has his or her own different abilities, each of which are augmented by a mushroom.
One character starts off with a laser that only fires a bit in front. However, when you pick up a mushroom you can fire across the screen. Not only that, but the laser blasts will take out blocks and stuff, which makes certain characters much more efficient on different levels.
It’s a simple, straightforward game. The creators obviously gave a lot of thought to integrating the different styles into the game. Each character has its own ups and downs.
Controls are really simple. If you can’t figure them out, well I can’t help you. Remember when Sega came out with that thing where you could add knuckles to practically any game? This is like that, but way more fun and successful.
The creators also added the music from the different games to Crossover. Each character has his or her own leitmotif (what up Wagner), really making this game immersive and a whole lot of fun.
If you are a huge fan of Mario, or really any old NES game, then you should play this game. I didn’t play it all to the end, but then again, I am not a huge fan of platformers. I also didn’t get my first console until I was 16. For the rest of you, this will be a blast from the past that is entertaining on many levels. If you are bored with the Mario genre, this may just be what it takes to get you back on the horse.